MY New 'Partner in Crime'
I would like to tell you a little more about my new writing partner, award-winning author, Jean Gill. We’ve been great friends for over eight years and although our new joint venture, Life After Men, is more cosy chicklit than hard-boiled police procederal, Jean is still, very much, my new partner in crime. The reality of this situation was vividly brought home to me two years ago when we crashed my car in Northumberland. We are Thelma and Louise without the cliff edge - and shouldn't be allowed out on road trips together. But hopefully, on the literary front, we can still rustle up a decent cliff hanger, or two, between us.
A professional photographer as well as a writer, Jean lives in the south of France with her husband, two scruffy dogs, a Nikon D750 and a beehive. She is the mother or stepmother to five grown-up children. Jean taught English for many years and was the first woman to become a secondary school Head Teacher in the Welsh county of Carmarthenshire. With Scottish parents, an English birthplace and French residence she can usually support the winning team on any sporting occasion.
Jean’s literary career has been as varied and eclectic as her life. Alongside dog training, photography and translations, she’s published all kinds of books, both with conventional publishers and by herself under her own imprint, The 13th Sign. If you take a trip to her Amazon page here, you’ll find everything from prize-winning poetry, novels and military history, to a cookery book on goats' cheese.
My own particular favourites though are her historical fiction novels, the Troubadour’s Quartet. Set in the period following the Second Crusade, these spellbinding romantic thrillers evoke medieval France with breathtaking accuracy. The characters leap off the page and include amazing women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Ermengarda of Narbonne, who shaped history in battles and in bedchambers. Jean captures the soul of the age and the characters who lived in it.
But delve into any of Jean’s books and, whatever the genre, you’ll soon discover the thrilling power of her writing and understand why I joined forces with such a talented and professional author. Happy reading.
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