Today we extend another warm welcome to our latest member to Famous Five Plus, the wonderfully talented, Madalyn Morgan, a historical romance and contemporary novelist.
“I have been an actress for more than thirty years working in Repertory theatre, the
West End, film and television. I am also a radio presenter and journalist,
writing articles for newspapers and magazines.
“I was brought up in a busy working class pub in the market town of Lutterworth in Leicestershire. The pub was a great place for an aspiring actress and writer to live. There were so many wonderful characters to study and accents to learn. My parents wanted me to get a ‘proper job,’ which I did. I became a hairdresser, but at twenty-four I gave up my successful hairdressing salon and wig-hire business for a place at E15 Drama College, and a career as an actress.
“In 2000, with fewer parts available for older actresses, I taught myself to touch type, completed a two-year correspondence course with The Writer’s Bureau, and started writing. I loved it. So, after living in
for thirty-six years, I came back to
Lutterworth, swapping window boxes and a mortgage for a garden and the freedom
to write. London
“I am currently writing my second novel, Applause, which is set in the theatre world of
London’s West End during the Blitz, and is the second of four
books about the lives of four very different sisters during The Second World
War. My first novel, Foxden Acres, is available on Amazon in
paperback and e-book.”
Blurb - Foxden Acres
On the eve of 1939 twenty-year-old Bess Dudley, trainee teacher and daughter of a groom, bumps into James, heir to the Foxden Estate.
Bess and James played together as equals when they were children, but now James is engaged to the more socially acceptable Annabel Hadleigh.
Bess takes up a teaching post in
London but when war
breaks out and
schoolchildren are evacuated she returns to Foxden to organise a troop of Land
Traditional barriers come crashing down when Flying Officer James Foxden falls in love with Bess. But by this time Bess has come to know and respect Annabel. Can she be with James if it means breaking her best friend’s heart?
Besides, Bess has a shameful secret that she has vowed to keep from James at any cost…