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Juliet was born and bred in North-East England and now lives in Hertfordshire.

 

She gives talks all over the UK, and in the USA, about the classic authors who inspire her work.

 

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and chairs the London and South-East chapter. She is also a member of the Society of Authors and the Jane Austen Society.

 

Her non-writing career has spanned IT, acquisitions analysis, copy editing, marketing and currently project management, providing plenty of first-hand research for her novels.

About Juliet...

Interviews

Juliet has been interviewed online by the Romantic Novelists' Association, Jane Austen in Vermont, The Book Rat, Novelicious, Australian Romance Readers Association and elsewhere.

 

She's also been interviewed on the radio - BBC Bristol and BBC Three Counties.

 

For example:

Q: As some of your characters are 'borrowed' from Jane Austen, how do you keep them sympathetic to modern readers?

A: It's rather like analysing a famous figure from history and proving that their passions and flaws are just as relevant today. I begin by unpicking the social context of Austen's characters, then transport them to the 21st century, complete with jobs, mobile phones, internet connections and sex lives - great fun! And I love finding plausible modern parallels to some of Austen's most famous scenes - such as Louisa Musgrove's fall on the Cobb, and Wentworth's letter.

 

Q: What's your favorite scene you've ever written?

A: That changes with each book I write! Currently, it's the letter scene in Persuade Me and its inevitable consequences. Yes, rightly or wrongly, I took on the challenge of creating a modern version of one of the most famous love letters ever. Like Jane, I had to provide Wentworth with a plausible letter-writing opportunity - especially difficult in our world of text messages and emails. Then came the problem of getting the letter to Anna, without anyone else being aware of it. And finally, I wanted to include a suitable reunion between the older, wiser ex-lovers, and show the reactions of their nearest and dearest.

Sorry, that's actually several scenes!

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