Thanks for inviting me on to your blog, Mary Anne. I am an Irish author of historical fiction, based in Dublin, Ireland. Although I have been writing most of my life, it was only three years ago that I took the plunge and self-published my debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance. Since then I have been on this amazing journey, getting to know the publishing world and meeting the most wonderful writers from many different genres. The icing on the cake was signing with the Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency earlier this year.
Bowes has done very well, being awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion; shortlisted for the Carousel Aware Prize; and, longlisted by the Historical Novel Society.
Your book sounds amazing. Could you tell us what you are currently working on?
Dublin 1882: When determined but impoverished Louisa Campbell inherits a large estate in the north of England, it appears to be the answer to her prayers. Her younger sister, Eleanor, is gravely ill, and believing the country air will benefit her, they take up residence at Bowes Farm.
However, they soon realise all they have inherited is trouble. Their mysterious benefactor’s reputation leaves the young women battling to gain acceptance in polite society, especially with Nicholas Maxwell, their handsome neighbour and local magistrate.
Louisa unearths secrets from their family’s past that threaten their future and she must dig deep to find the courage to solve them before their lives are destroyed. But most importantly of all, can she trust and love the man who is surely her sworn enemy?