Monday, May 31, 2010


At last Elizabeth Wallace's new book has been released. Elizabeth, an author and broadcaster who lives in Denver, Colorado is arriving in London soon to publicise and sign her fabulous new book which has been published by Black Rose. She is the author of five non-fiction books, so this is a new turn in her writing career. Here we see Elizabeth with her great friend, the illustrator of her book cover - Audrey Ledgerwood.

Elizabeth's story is set in England and Scotland during the mid 1660s. It is fast paced, dark and edgy, and is based partly on an ancient Scottish legend. As a child, Catherine MacDonald was left at a priory by her mother who never returns to claim her. As an adult, Catherine becomes a nun, but a chance meeting at Hadleigh Castle with the Earl of Essex and a strange young girl, changes Catherine's life forever. She is determined to find her mother, and sets off for Scotland. During her journey, she sees the injustices of life outside the cloistered priory; the downtrodden and the poor, those afflicted with leprosy and the plague. She witnesses the desperation a woman feels when she has no man to support her, and realizes that one mistake can change a woman's life forever – perhaps a woman just like her mother.

Woven into the story are actual historical events and people such as Lawrence Washington, great-great-grandfather of President George Washington, the Sherman family in the County of Essex and Reverend Mompesson in Eyam, Derbyshire.
It is an intriguing legend, and one the author remembers from her childhood growing up in England. Most believed the legend to be true, including Elizabeth’s grandmother who would fearfully whisper the names of the wicked individuals. As an adult, she researched the story and realized there may be some truth to the legend. Indeed, the BBC did a documentary about it and tried to find the subterranean cave that is a key part of the story. Black Rose Writing (