Catching up with myself...by Carola Dunn
Catching up with myself...
by Carola Dunn, author of the Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries
I started writing 34 years ago. Not that I ever had a burning desire to produce a book, but it seemed like a good excuse to postpone looking for a "proper" job (as opposed to my many part-time and temp work experiences).
I had been rereading Georgette Heyer's Regencies. and wishing for some new ones equally good. The ones I found were pretty badly written—yet they'd been published. Surely, I thought, I can do at least as well. So I sat down (at the kitchen table) and wrote my first Regency romance, longhand, on ruled paper. The first surprise was that I finished it. The second, that an editor wanted to buy it.
Having sold one Regency, I went on writing them, a total of 32 and a bunch of novellas, including a ghost story, a time-travel, spies, smugglers, attempted murders. It was a lot of fun. My oldest heroine was 42, Lady Catriona in The Dower House (now in the e-anthology A Second Spring—all my Regencies are still available, as e-books). By the time I wrote it, I was considerably older, but 42 was stretching the limit for the genre.
Eleanor's first adventure is Manna from Hades, in which Teazle finds a body in the shop's storeroom. The second, A Colourful Death, has just come out in a paperback edition.
The third Cornish Mystery, Valley of the Shadow, is out in hardcover.
Thanks for visiting today, Carola. I am so glad to now know more about you and your books.