ABOUT NATALIE MEG EVANS
Natalie Meg Evans is the best-selling author of ten novels:
The Dress Thief, The Milliner’s Secret, A Gown of Thorns, The Wardrobe Mistress, The Secret Vow, The Paris Girl, Into the Burning Dawn, The Italian Girl’s Secret, The Girl with the Yellow Star and most recently, The Locket.
Page turning, romantic, occasionally heart-rending!
Always an avid reader of history – for her sixth birthday she got a toy Arthurian castle with plastic knights – Natalie views historical fiction as the perfect theatre for the imagination. All her novels meld reality with human passion, and delve behind the scenes of industries such as high fashion, millinery, wine making, farming and theatre; Rich arenas for love and conflict!
Brought up in the UK, and presently living in rural Suffolk, Natalie was born in Zimbabwe, then Southern Rhodesia, to a mechanic father and a teacher mother. Her mother’s love of all things French made a deep impression, as did a spell in Paris when she was fourteen. Her first two books are set in that city and A Gown of Thorns is set in Southwest France. For The Wardrobe Mistress, a story of love and betrayal in post-war theatre, she returns to London where she lived during the 1980s.
After London, it was back to Paris in the early jazz age for The Secret Vow and The Paris Girl, where aristocratic refugee sisters Katya and Tatiana find refuge in the City of Light and build a fashion dynasty. From Paris, Natalie ‘travelled’ to Italy to write two books set in beautiful Naples and its surroundings and from there, it was to Cornwall for The Girl with the Yellow Star, where lonely Gwenna becomes mother to Lottie, an orphaned war refugee and is then faced with hosting German prisoners of war on her farm. The Locket is set in Suffolk, Natalie’s adopted county, where love blossoms in the shadow of war, segregation and prejudice. The Locket is dual timeline and told from the point of view of Irene in the 1940s, and Irene’s granddaughter Ruby who is struggling with her own, contemporary issues.
Natalie has a son and two rescue dogs, a labrador and a malinois. She lives in a small, sociable village where, occasionally, time seems to stand still. Time off is spent walking the lanes, watching the wildlife and changing seasons.
Natalie Meg Evans is a USA Today bestseller and Romance Writers of America RITA® nominee. She has won the Festival of Romance’s Historical Novel Award, the Harry Bowling Prize, placed third for the RWA’s Golden Pen award, and has been nominated for the coveted Daphne du Maurier award. The Dress Thief won the LoveStories Readers’ award for the best historical, and the Greek Public Book award for the best foreign novel. She was also a finalist for a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart®.
A novel from Natalie Meg Evans is an epic journey, built around a strong female character locked in a struggle for independence and to realise her creative dreams.
Natalie welcomes friendly contact from readers: find her on twitter @natmegevans instagram @Natalie.Meg.Evans