This week is a big one for me my latest book The Curious Tale of The Lady Caraboo makes its way into the world on Thursday. This has been the hardest book I have ever written. Sometimes I can get a first draft out in weeks. This one took years. I couldn’t find the right way into the story but I knew I had to write it. I wrote it a million different ways, first person, third person, I used letter, diaries, I wrote her life beginning in London, I wrote her life in what seemed like a thousand different ways until I found one that worked.
Maybe it’s because it’s about a real person. Mary Wilcox was a poor cobbler’s daughter who did fool professors and high society into believing she was a Princess. How did she do it – and what was more important to me – why?
This is a painting of her by Thomas Barker painted at the height of her fame in 1817.
The blurb calls it ‘the ultimate historical hustle’, it’s the story of a girl who wants to be someone else and – amazingly – everyone else does too. It’s a story about identity and love and most of all lies.
I hope you enjoy it.