Throughout her career, Pearse has become one of the most eminent historical fiction writers of our time, and we know American readers will become fast fans of her sensational storytelling.
Dead to Me – a pacey romantic drama set in war-torn London that was first published in the UK in 2016 – will kick off Pearse’s debut in America on February 18th, followed by nine further titles across 2021.
Pearse says: As a child I was constantly telling stories, adults tended to call them ‘Lies’. As an adult I kept my imaginings to myself, but believed that everyone had stories like rescuing someone from a burning house or finding a treasure chest of money going on in their head. My wild imagination was encouraged further by many of the great American children’s Classics, What Katy Did, Rebecca of Sunnybook Farm, and my absolute favourite, Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. I felt I knew America from those books and longed to go there. Then one evening in my mid thirties, after I’d put my girls to bed, I started to write, and once started I couldn’t stop. It was another thirteen years before I had a book accepted by a publisher, but I like to think those thirteen years were my apprenticeship. The best compliment anyone can pay me is ‘I couldn’t put it down’. I am so excited that some of my titles will be available in the USA, and I really hope that many of you will say ‘I couldn’t put it down’ too.
Born in Rochester, Kent, Lesley Pearse has lived a life as varied as the adventures in her novels. After working in various offices as a lowly clerk, a children’s nanny, then moving into the more glamorous work of Promotion and a spell as a Playboy Bunny, Pearse eventually turned her hand to writing and published her debut novel, Georgia, in 1993. Now living in a cliff-top house in Devon, alone with her King Charles Cavalier, Stan, Pearse has published over 25 titles and sold over 10 million copies worldwide.