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Grow Bookshelf Featuring Wendy Percival

Grow Bookshelf Featuring Wendy Percival

We asked local author, Wendy Percival, where she drew the inspiration for her Esme Quentin novels from.

Writing crime fiction and family history merged naturally for me after the classic discovery of a “box of old documents in the attic”. Inside was an Australian death certificate, dated 1868. By the time I’d followed the huge learning curve of research to unravel the story, I was completely hooked.

Realising how little we know about our own family history and its secrets, was the inspiration behind the first book in the Esme Quentin, genealogy mystery, series, Blood-Tied:

A desperate crime, hidden for a generation. But time has a way of revealing the truth.

Esme Quentin is devastated when her sister Elizabeth is beaten unconscious, miles from her home. Two days later Esme discovers Elizabeth has a secret past.

Desperate for answers which the comatose Elizabeth cannot give, Esme resolves to uncover the truth, unaware of the dangerous path she is treading.

Wendy, how do you go about converting your research into a novel?

The writing of each book usually starts with me stumbling upon a fascinating piece of social history during my research. I’ll then work out how it might impact on the present day, weave a story around it and create a “search-for-the-truth” investigation for my genealogy detective Esme Quentin.

Tell us a little about the other books in the series:

The second book explores the dark history of 19th century convict transportation and the third book was inspired by the clandestine world of WWII secret agents. Digging into family histories means I’m never short of ideas!

If you’d like to find out more about Wendy Percival and her books, pop onto her website.

Wendy has offered a free ebook novella called Legacy of Guilt, to any reader joining her mailing list.

For recommended reads from previous Grow Bookshelf editions, click here.

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