The Myrtle Wand is my latest release, my 15th novel, a retelling and reimagining and continuation of the famous ballet Giselle, relocated to 17th century France and the court of Louis XIV. Reviews have been truly gratifying! Writing it was a chance to explore some familiar areas of France, and returned me to the 17th century, which I also explored in A Pledge of Better Times, set in the court of William and Mary in England.
The Limits of Limelight features Phyllis Fraser, whose first cousin was Ginger Rogers. Like Beautiful Invention: A Novel of Hedy Lamarr, it's populated with notable figures of Golden Age Hollywood and elsewhere.
I've also ventured into contemporary fiction, which I've always wanted to do--one novel completed, and its sequel underway. My next project, a return to biographical fiction, takes me back to the theatrical realm of 18th century England.
I often have a close personal connection to the people whose stories I tell. In some cases there's a genealogical tie. Or we might share a profession (theatre, writing, film) or a favorite pastime (gardening, music) or a location (England, New England.) Because I truly enjoy researching my novels, I go to great lengths--and distances--to create my characters and their worlds.