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Diving into history

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

If you've been reading my books for a while, you'll notice that there's been a bit of a shift in the direction I've taken with my writing recently. In 2019 and 2020, I wrote primarily women's fiction books set at the beach. The Waratah Inn series, my first and bestselling series, also included a nod to the World War II period of history, but otherwise, the stories were contemporary with modern issues and settings.

However in October 2021, I released my first historical fiction novel, Beyond the Crushing Waves. I was so excited to write and release this book. I love historical fiction and so it was a natural progression for me to take my stories from revealing snippets of the past to being set almost entirely in history. And the story of the forced migration of British children was just waiting to be told.

So many people today are unaware of the fact that over 100k children from the UK were sent to the colonies of Australia, Canada and South Africa. Many of them had parents still living in the UK, but were told their parents had died. Some were followed to their new homes by their parents in later years, however most never saw their families again.

For those of you who aren't aware, writing books is my full-time occupation. My writing supports my family. So every book you purchase goes towards keeping a roof over our heads. And the best way to sell books is to write them all in the same genre and build up a loyal audience of readers. However, I'm just not that kind of author. I can't write book after book in the same style and genre. It destroys my muse! So, you're going to see some more variety coming from me in 2022, with me dipping my toe into a new genre and some more historical novels as well.

Historical novels, based on true stories, are my first love. And I have an unbelievable story from World War II to share with you in 2022. It's an untold story. One you've most likely never heard before, of a family of heroes who saved a Jewish family from the nazis. The lengths they went to and the risks they took to achieve this will astound you. When I discovered this hidden gem of a story, it made me cry. I just know you're going to love reading about these amazing people from the past. So I can't wait to share them with you.

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Happy reading!


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