Gillian Bagwell grew up in Berkeley, California, and began her professional life as an actress, studying at the University of California Berkeley and the Drama Studio London at Berkeley. She founded The Pasadena Shakespeare Company, where she served as artistic director for nine years, producing thirty-seven critically acclaimed productions.
She united her life-long love of books, British history, and theatre in writing her first novel, The Darling Strumpet, based on the life of Nell Gwynn.
Her second novel, The September Queen (to be released in the U.K. in July 2012 as The King’s Mistress), is the first fictional account of the perilous and romantic odyssey of Jane Lane, who risked her life to help the young Charles II escape after the disastrous Battle of Worcester in 1651 by disguising him as her servant.
Gillian is at work on her third novel, about the formidable four-times widowed Tudor dynast Bess of Hardwick. Please visit Gillian’s website, www.gillianbagwell.com.