I then turned my hand to writing a novel – The Black Mountains – the first in a series of family sagas set in a Somerset mining community which I based on Radstock, my home town. Many other novels followed, big, broad-sweep, multi-generational stories which were published by Century, and, more recently, gothics and modern mystery for Severn House. All these books were written under my real name, Janet Tanner.
And then, when Dance With Wings was published by Headline, Amelia Carr was born.
Well, actually Amelia Rose Carr was born in December 2005 - my youngest granddaughter. A lovely name, I thought – and she was kind enough to let me borrow it! (Well, actually that was her mummy and daddy’s decision; I hope when she’s old enough to understand, she won’t mind too much!)