Since my earliest memories of growing up in Mokhotlong, 'the British Empire's remotest Outpost' in the African mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, I've loved adventure.
After Independence I emigrated with my family to Adelaide, Australia, where I did my schooling before getting a job as a journalist, writing fiction in the evenings and features for newspapers and magazines during the day.
In my twenties, the chance discovery of my grandfather's pictorial diary led to my visiting Botswana, the country where he and my father were born and brought up. My holiday resulted in an unexpected job offer to manage a safari lodge for two months in the beautiful Okavango Delta. There I met and - after a whirlwind courtship - married my handsome Norwegian bush pilot of now twenty years.
Not surprisingly, adventure spills onto the pages of the romances I write, regardless of whether they are set during The Regency, Georgian, Victorian periods, or the English Civil War or, more latterly, in my Colonial Lesotho and Botswana-set romances.
Adventure and intrigue are my stock-in-trade, usually coupled with a tension-filled, roller-coaster ending.
Just as I've been restless my whole life, working with my husband in airborne survey throughout Africa, Greenland, French Guyana, or enjoying the expat life in Solomon Islands or Japan, I'm restless with the types of story I like to write. I love change and I love to experiment.
Yes, they're all historicals, and they feature women who must use their cunning, intelligence or beauty to thwart the legal and social restrictions imposed on them by the society in which they lived; but they're also adventures and mysteries with suspense and intrigue.
If you're looking for a steamier read but with the same complex issues, you might enjoy the books I write under my Beverley Oakley pseudonym.
I would love it if you visited me at my website; http//:www.beverleyeikli.com or followed me on Twitter: @BeverleyOakley.