My debut historical novel, The Reversible Mask, an Elizabethan Spy Novel, was published in December 2018 by MadeGlobal Publishing.
An Australian-American, I grew up in Glen Iris, a modest suburb in Melbourne, Australia. Only daughter of an academic accountant father and musician mother, I earned a BA in English Literature, Musicology and History at the University of Melbourne, Australia. After teaching English Literature at the Department of English, I came to New York on a Fulbright scholarship to study piano with Claudio Arrau. My contemporary music commercial recordings are in over seven hundred libraries. I also premiered an unknown work by Franz Liszt on an EMI HMV (Australian Division) album, and my edition of the score for G. Schirmer is in its third edition. Concurrently, I built a financial services practice, which I sold to focus on writing. My published non-fiction consists of articles on financial planning, arts reviews and an animated political satire. I have an MA from Hunter College, New York, and a Chartered Life Underwriter degree from the American College, Pennsylvania. Member of the Historical Novel Society, New York Chapter, I started and run their published writer public reading series at the Jefferson Market Library. I belong to the National League of American PEN Women. Commuting between New York and Connecticut, where I live with my spouse and a charming cat, I relish a community rich in family, friends and colleagues.
The Reversible Mask: An Elizabethan Spy Novel
It’s a tale of intrigue, lust, love, war and betrayals, recounting the exploits of a dashing Elizabethan adventurer and double agent. My protagonist is loosely drawn from a spy of the time, Sir Anthony Standen. Catholic in his soul, but a patriot in every pore of his body, my fictionalized anti-hero, Edward Latham, careens from Europe to Constantinople and back on his spy missions.
Awards and Recognition
- Book Excellent Award Finalist and Showcase 2019