I was a journalist before I started writing romance seriously while working in the male-dominated safari and airborne survey industries in the '90s. You could say I took my love of roguish heroes and worthy heroines to new heights as I plotted my novels in the back of light aircraft at 250ft above the French Guianese jungle or Greenland ice cap.
Though I've written light hearted, sexy historicals - and more complex psychological erotic Regencies - as Beverley Oakley, redemption is my favourite theme. I love exploring the struggles of flawed heroines with dark pasts which, in the context of their times, generally put them in a perilous situation. Of course, a Happy-Ever-After is always the goal, but that road is never a predictable or easy one.
The novels I write under my Beverley Eikli name have been described as 'slow-burn romances with a thriller ending' and my Regencies as having the plot twists of 80's TV series 'Dynasty' combined with the 'elegance' of nineteenth century writer Anthony Trollope.
I was born in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho during the final years of the British Colonialism - the time and setting for my current novel - before marrying the handsome Norwegian bush pilot I met while I was running a safari lodge in Botswana's beautiful Okavango Delta.
I now live in a pretty town north of Melbourne with my gorgeous husband, two beautiful daughters, and adorable Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy.
Please visit my website; http//:www.beverleyeikli.com or follow me on Twitter: @BeverleyOakley.