Beauty is skin-deep. Blood is deeper.
I live in North Lancashire on the edge of the Lake District, an area made famous by the Romantic Poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge.
I read widely - contemporary and classic fiction as well as historical novels. I used to work in the theatre as a set and costume designer, so I enjoy the research aspect of writing historical fiction, something I loved in my work as a scenographer. Each book takes about six months of research before I am ready to begin writing. More details of my research and writing process can be found on my blog www.deborahswift.blogspot.com
I took an MA in Creative writing in 2007 and now teach classes and courses in writing, and offer editorial advice from my home.
THE LADY'S SLIPPER features a backdrop inspired by the beautiful and dramatic landscape of Cumbria. It is about an artist and botanist who becomes obsessed with saving the rare wild flower the lady's slipper orchid. It was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for Fiction.
THE GILDED LILY is set in Westmorland and in the rich mansions and dark alleys of Restoration London. It is about two sisters who are on the run and rapidly find themselves embroiled in the dangers of the London Underworld - a novel about beauty, desire and surprising redemption.
My third novel, A DIVIDED INHERITANCE, is about an Englishwoman who travels to Seville in search of her lost inheritance and learns the art of swordsmanship with a charismatic fencing master. There she learns about the true meaning of family when to save a friend she must defend more than her life.
All three books are published by Macmillan.You can find out more about them on my website, www.deborahswift.co.uk
The photograph is by Jonathan Bean Photography.