Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Funnily enough I don't often have good friends in my books. It's odd I suppose from someone who is fortunate in her good friends.

In my historical novels I have servants and these are more or less also friends of my heroines. They counsel and aid, rescue them from scrapes, or try to, but are seldom listened too by my feisty main character. I can visualise them wagging a finger at the heroine's escapades! They are trustworthy and loyal but they are never in a competitive role with my heroine. She rules and everyone knows it.

A close and loving friendship is forged between Kate and her mother in law (and since I have a marvellous relatinship with my daughter in law I know it can happen)in Dangerous Enchantment.
Dame Caradoc has had a hard life and although not as intelligent as my heroine, has a natural understanding of the right thing to do. She is very knowing and I think that it can be important that at least one character can see the reality of the situation.

In one of my early novels for Robert Hale, Fiona, my heroine thinks that Fiona is her best friend. She adores her and then she finds out to her cost, that Fiona is a spiteful and indeed dangerous adversary.

Perhaps one day I will give one of my main characters a good friend - perhaps.


  1. I love the fact that your feisty heroines take no notice of any advice given to them! Your Dame Caradoc was a kind and wise woman, a true friend to Kate.

  2. Thanks, Paula. I liked Dame Caradoc too.

  3. I've noticed your heroines can be 'solitary,' Margaret. I felt that added to the historical feeling.

  4. It wasn't intentional, Ana but it is an interesting idea that you pose. Thank you for that.