Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Joanna Challis

"What do I love about the golden 20's? It is truly a glamorous and fun time especially needed after the horrors of the Great War (WWI). I adore Poirot mysteries so built this series with a blend of the two : frivolity, fashion and intrigue - a deadly combination." - Joanna Challis

Joanna Challis is a true kindred spirit to me and many others. She is a lover of old manor houses, endless castles, wild English Gardens, ruins, all things Gothic, and dusty bookstores. Joanna is a voracious reader who could never consume enough and turned to writing herself, penning her first unpublishable 800 page novel at 15. Luckily she continued to write and not only has a book that was a finalist for the Romance Writers of Australia's 2004 Romantic Book of the Year Award, but a few set in Cornwall... notably Murder on the Cliffs, about a young Daphne Du Maurier solving a murder mystery.

While she now lives in Australia, her heart resides on the cliffs of Cornwall, much as Daphne's always did. I am beyond excited to have someone with such similar loves (check out her favorite things) on my blog for my Golden Summer, and I hope you'll give a hearty welcome to Joanna Challis!


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