Today brings the publication of a new book and the debut of a new persona. My latest novel, The Valentine's Card, is published under the pseudonym Juliet Ashton. Juliet, although she looks, sounds, eats and laughs just like me, writes slightly differently to Bernadette Strachan. There's still plenty of rom and a dash of com but the story is thoughtful with a dark underside. I'm very proud of this book, which begins with a death, despite the dewy eyed title, and goes on to explore love in all its guises: friends; family; even foes. Ultimately, it's redemptive and optimistic and I hope it finds a niche on readers' shelves. read more
Sometimes things happen to writers.