Fall in Love with the Past

Monthly Archives: August 2013

Yes I confess. Although I’ve been happily married to my Hero-at-Home for 37 years I have let another man into my heart. I couldn’t help it. It seemed innocent enough at first but before I knew it I was in the middle of something beyond my control. But please don’t judge me; not until you read all the facts.

Aiden TurnerIt all started harmlessly enough in my first book No Cure for Love. Set in 1832 in Victorian East London I need a sweetheart for 13 year old Josie O’Casey and so I invented Patrick Nolan. Tall, Irish and with melt-you green eyes and a mass of curly black hair he was already half the man he would grow to be. He was honest and fearless, too. Not only did he saved Josie from the sadistic Danny Donavan but breaking free from the poverty of his birth he carved out his own way in life by signing on to a merchant ship on the open sea. Continue reading

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I’d like to tell you about the area where I was born and write about, East London.

East London Street

East London Street

The Fullertons came to the Wapping area of East London from Rothesay in Scotland in the 1820s and my great-great-great grandmother, Elizabeth Fullerton, is shown on the 1841 census as living in Star Lane at the back of Cable Street. It was natural then when I started writing eleven years ago that I looked no further than my own backyard for inspiration. Why wouldn’t I, when East London has such a rich vein of pageant and spectacle? Add to that the river pirates, the gangs, pubs and music halls that were a feature of the teaming waterfront and there’s drama enough for any writer. Continue reading

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