I always intended to be a writer – and to begin ‘tomorrow’. Tomorrow took a long time coming and meanwhile I worked as a director in a London publishing firm, William Kimber, editing military, theatrical and other memoirs together with a fiction list of ghost stories and romances. I learned a lot about the world of writing there, but not much about what it was actually like to be a writer – I was too busy being a publisher.
Tomorrow did eventually come. I married my American husband James Myers and for some years we had a commuting marriage between Paris, where he then worked, and London, where I did. Crazy looking back on it, but it seemed a good idea at the time – particularly as it was there that I dreamed up my first series detective, August Didier, a half French, half English master chef in late Victorian and Edwardian times. I’m now a full time writer and currently I’m working with Jim on a crime series featuring Jack Colby, car detective. The fifth, Classic in the Pits, is now published and its successor, Classic Cashes In, will follow later this year.
And Harriet? She unexpectedly came into my life when I needed to differentiate between my crime writing and my writing of sagas, historical novels and suspense. She took me by surprise but has grown to have a much loved identity of her own. She was saddled with two sisters in the way of pseudonyms too, Alice Carr and Laura Daniels, but Harriet has lasted longer than they have. Nevertheless the advent of ebooks may enable their resurrection and Harriet is most certainly taking advantage of it, with her first ebooked novel on Kindle, Tomorrow’s Garden, which is centred on an old rose garden which reveals dramatic stories from the past. I am hoping that my earlier crime novels may also appear as ebooks, and a collection of five of my short stories already has, That’s The Way He Did It under the Amy Myers name. Five more of her novels will be ebooked by Headline shortly.
I also write reviews of crime novels for Shots, the crime and thriller ezine. If you don’t already know this site, visit www.shotsmag.co.uk
All in all, it’s an exciting time to be writing – and reading.