I have always been an avid reader of history, and I love working within the constraints of historical fiction, trying to strike a balance between imagination and reality.
I am fascinated by the amazing women who barely scraped the surface of history and yet changed it from within. Through my novels, I attempt to re-write historical periods and events from a female perspective.
I am also fascinated by the many still unsolved historical mysteries that pop up in documentaries and authors such as Umberto Eco. In particular, I am drawn to the medieval mind's fascination with prophecies and relics.
Last but not least, I find the history of the Holy Roman Empire a treasure trove of tragic characters and family sagas with all the ingredients of a Greek or Elizabethan drama.
Lotharingia is my first novel and the first in the Comitissa series, inspired by the life and time of Matilde of Tuscany. It was well received by industry and readers, doing well at literary prizes and reaching the Amazon no. 1 spot in various categories in the UK, Canada, and Australia.
In my free time, I love travelling to places rich in history such as Germany, Greece and Italy.
I am addicted to yoga and try to lead a mindful life. That does not rule out a glass of good wine. :)
I am a committed feminist and environmentalist and a passionate football supporter.