Anita Writes Historical Fiction
As a child, I would fill small notebooks with stories. These had to be small so they could be hidden away out of prying eyes. I didn't let anyone read them, even had they asked.
 
I started my first novel in my twenties; a story about a 17th Century Exeter family caught up in the Monmouth Rebellion inspired by Cynthia-Harrod Eagles' 'Dynasty' series.
 
When I gathered the courage to submit the manuscript to publishers,  I was informed - regretfully - that historical family sagas were unfashionable. Historical fiction, however still had a following, and with some excellent advice from those in the know, i.e. my critique group, my manuscript was published in two volumes. 

After a brief flirtation with Victorian Gothic Romance, my next venture was a biographical novel based on the turbulent youth of Elizabeth Murray and her family  in Richmond during the English Civil War, who became the Duchess of Lauderdale.

My current project is a series of Edwardian mysteries featuring amateur sleuth, Flora Maguire based in early 20th Century London and Cheltenham. The series is published by Aria Fiction, an imprint of Head of Zeus. 

The fifth book, The Bloomsbury Affair will be released in November 2018

I am also represented by the Kate Nash Literary Agency.
  

I love hearing from readers - if you would like to know about my writing or
my next book, send me a message at:
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