Interesting Places in Great Britain: Osborne House

In 2013, my husband and I visited Osborne House, in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, a short Red Funnel ferry ride from Portsmouth.  I specifically wanted to visit Osborne House to see if I had gotten details correct for it in LADY OF ASHES.  I seem to always be visiting places after I’ve […]

How I Write

I am often asked how I go about writing my books. The most common three questions are:

How do you come up with your ideas? How did you get the idea to write about a Victorian undertaker in the first place? What is your daily writing routine?

I use the same general idea process for […]

Who was Mrs. Beeton?

Isabella Beeton, ca. 1854

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I like to periodically offer tidbits of advice, recipes, and household cleaning solutions from Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management.

Who was this Mrs. Beeton? And how did she come to write a 1,000+ page tome on the art of domestic […]