Writing historical fiction is a wonderful way to share a love of history.
Isolde grew up in London and has a History Honours degree from the University of Exeter, UK, with a specialisation in Yorkist England, a lifelong passion. Falling into conversation with a rather dishy post-graduate guy at a bus stop in Dorset, she somehow found herself moving to Perth, Western Australia, half a year later. She has since warned young women waiting at that particular bus stop that casual conversations can lead to a change of continents.
Since arriving in Australia, she has worked as a university history tutor, research assistant and archivist. Her other career has been editing and she was a Senior Book Editor with a major international publishing house before writing fiction full-time. She is proud to be one of the co-founders of the Plantagenet History Society of Australia, now in its twenty-first year, and she is also a former Chairperson of the Sydney Branch of the Richard III Society.
Winning both a RITA-award (the romance equivalent of an Oscar) in the USA plus the mainstream' Romantic Novel of the Year Award' in Australia for her debut novel The Maiden and the Unicorn was a tremendous thrill after years when 'life' just got in the way of writing! Being married to a geologist, whose job took him away into the field a great deal, meant that for many years bringing up their two children always came first for her.
Now, with eight novels published and a children's history book on the way, she admits it hasn't been easy, especially when the places she writes about are half a world away, but she's had the support of a marvellous writers' group and a wonderful husband.
And, yes, Bus Stop Day is still an annual celebration!