Charlotte Betts

About me

Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings.

Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up.

The Apothecary’s Daughter was published by Piatkus in August 2011 and won the YouWriteOn Adult Book of the Year Award 2010, the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award 2011 and the RoNA’s Historical Category award for 2013. The sequel, The Painter’s Apprentice was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Festival of Romance’s Best Historical Read Award in 2012. The Spice Merchant’s Wife was published in 2013 and won the Festival of Romance’s Best Historical Read Award in 2013.

Vivaldi and Violets was published in the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology, Loves Me, Loves Me Not in 2009.

From my website

Where I Write

    Readers are often interested to know where I write. Whilst still working full-time I wrote whenever and wherever I could, often scribbling a few words in the early morning before rushing off to work. I usually took my lunch break in an hotel bar near the office. I’d…

Ten Interesting Facts About Life in Seventeenth Century

One of the most fascinating aspects of history is the day-to-day minutiae of how people lived.  You might be surprised by the following: Samuel Pepys’s housekeeping bill was £7.00 per month. One penny bought a pound of cheese or three herrings, six pence bought a leg of beef or a…

The Chateau on the Lake – The Inspiration behind the story

I began to plan The Chateau on the Lake with the vague thought that it would be interesting to write a love story set at the time of the French Revolution. I didn’t know much about it then but everyone knows that the starving poor rebelled against the greedy aristocrats…

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