A big hello to all my wonderful American readers who pushed sales of The Forgotten Seamstress into the stratosphere: #18 in the New York Times ebook fiction best seller list a few weeks ago! Also, massive thanks to my American publishers, Sourcebooks. Are you listening, Hollywood!
It’s an exciting time for me for another reason: I have just submitted my fourth book – working title ‘The Master Piece’ to my literary agent, Caroline Hardman. It is a story of forbidden love between an young English girl of the ‘middling classes’ and a Huguenot silk weaver, set in 1750s Spitalfields, East London. I have had a fascinating time researching and immersing myself in the life of the mid 18th century, learning about the social mores, the fashions and the tough times that some experienced. It was a period of intense industrial unrest and racial tension, which makes it all the more interesting to write about.
During the coming year I shall be out and about doing talks and signings in many places. For my 2015 events calendar, please click here.