I write historical novels that integrate fact with fiction. I am inspired by the stories of real people who have achieved extraordinary things, but who history forgot.
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‘The untold story of the Venetian explorer Niccolo di Conti and a priceless Ming vase handed down to his descendants.’
‘Daughters of the Silk Road’ tells the story of the relatively unknown fifteenth century explorer Niccolo di Conti who travelled all over the Middle and Far East for twenty-five years accompanied by his wife and four children.
He returned to Venice in 1444 with just two of his children Maria and Daniele, having lost his wife and remaining children through illness in Egypt. He also brought with him a ship load of treasure including a Ming vase. My story follows the lives of his children and their descendants and the Ming vase that was passed down to successive generations.
In London in 2015, single mother Miranda is struggling to make ends meet and build a life for herself and her daughter Georgie. When Miranda meets the charming but mysterious Charles, she is intrigued. Could he be her second chance at love? And why is he fascinated by the old vase sitting on her hall table…Read more
Set in medieval Pisa, it tells the story of the extraordinary woman behind the most famous building in the world – the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
My first novel ‘The Girl with Emerald Eyes’ focused on the woman who left the money to build the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Who was Berta di Bernardo? Why did she leave the money? And what was her relationship with the master mason Gerardo di Gerardo who was one of the witnesses to her last will and testament?
This historic story runs alongside a contemporary story of Sam - a young mother and journalist who’s husband, Michael, has gone to Pisa to make a film about the Tower.
Struck down by a stroke, she rushes to Pisa to look after Michael, only to discover that he has been having an affair. Alone and in need of distraction, she begins to piece together the mystery behind the creation of the Tower, and discovers the woman who history forgot.Read more