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 working on a brand new series set in the 1920s and starring Nell Drury, chef and sleuth at the stately home of Wychling Court in Kent.
Meanwhile the eighth Jack Colby case is now published, Classic at Bay, in which a once notorious cabaret singer from the 1950s presides over her collection of 12 Jaguar cars, each donated by a former lover. But she hankers after the 13th and that brings Jack face to face with murder.
And Harriet? She and two other ladies came into my life as pseudonyms when I needed to differentiate between my crime writing and my writing of sagas, historical novels and suspense. I grew to love all the ladies dearly and my first Harriet Hudson titles, Look for Me By Moonlight, When Nightingales Sang, The Sun in Glory, The Wooing of Katie May, The Girl from Gadsbys and Tomorrow’s Garden are available as ebooks under Harriet’s name; two Laura Daniels novels, Pleasant Vices and The Lakenham Folly, are also available as ebooks under Laura’s name. Others of my sagas now appear under my real name of Amy Myers, including the Great War Four Seasons quartet beginning with Summer’s End and Dark Harvest currently available in paperback and ebook. Complicated? I’ll forget my own name next!
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.