In February 2014, Jane's debut novel, 'The Illicit Love of a Courtesan,' rocketed up the Kindle charts in America. She became a top 30 bestselling author, and the 'The Illicit Love of a Courtesan' became the bestselling Historical and Regency Romance in the United States.
Jane has always wanted to write ‘that novel’, but when she began her first historical novel at the age of sixteen a life full of adversity derailed her. Once she’d given birth to her daughter and reached the dreaded age of thirty, life had finally settled on a more even keel and Jane promised herself in her list of ‘to dos before I am forty’ to write a novel. Like the novel she never completed at sixteen this was set in ancient Rome and although she rejoiced in having written it she never actually sent it anywhere but then wrote a medieval book. Now Jane has passed forty and written ten novels and settled on the era of Regency England as her favourite backdrop. She is thrilled to think her characters have the chance to live in others’ imaginations.
If you have always dreamed of writing a novel Jane would say ‘Cease waiting for the perfect time or place and just seize the moment.’
You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’.
‘I remember going to the Tower of London as a young teenager who had recently read ‘Katherine’ and seeing John of Gaunt’s suit of armour there and thinking, “wow”, the person I had pictured in my mind and lived the story of through imagination had stood in this suit hundreds of years before. I have been to two of John of Gaunt’s castles since, one in Cumbria and the other where Katherine was kept as his mistress, Kenilworth. At both I cannot help but wander around trying to picture the two of them and what they must have felt and thought. There is no doubt theirs was a real life love story of the 14th Century. It was unheard of to marry your mistress and especially as a member of the Royal family.’
Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real life love stories and although she does not write fiction from factual history she uses these to create plots which could have been real in her historical stories, and just celebrates every emotion of the journey of falling in love in her New Adult books.
‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’
a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult Romance
Author of the No.1 bestselling Historical Romance 'The Illicit Love of a Courtesan'