Heyer: The Nonesuch of her Time and the Original Influencer

With authors & Heyer aficionados with Cathy Rentzenbrink, Katie Fforde, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Harriet Evans
Chair: Jacks Thomas

Why do we all love Georgette Heyer? Four bestselling writers discuss their love affair with this prolific and private writer whose work has helped to shape a new generation of romantic novelists and fans across the world. What is her place in the revival of why Regency rocks?


Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love, A Manual for Heartache and Dear Reader.

Her first novel is called Everyone is Still Alive and will be out in July. Cathy regularly chairs literary events, interviews authors, reviews books, runs creative writing courses and speaks and writes on life, death, love, and literature.

She lives in Cornwall.


Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart. Each of her books explores a different profession or background and her research has helped her bring these to life. She’s been a porter in an auction house, tried her hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and she’s even been on a Ray Mears survival course.

‘Once you step into her world, you won’t look back’ 

She loves being a writer; to her there isn’t a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. She particularly enjoys writing love stories. She believes falling in love is the best thing in the world, and she wants all her characters to experience it, and her readers to share their stories. Her books have sold over 3.4million copies worldwide.


Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction.  She now lives in Minnesota, and has two grown children.  She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982.  She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold, launching her popular Vorkosigan Saga science fiction series.  Her fantasy work includes The World of the Five Gods and the Sharing Knife series.  More recently she has been exploring self-e-publishing with the tales of the sorcerer Penric and his demon Desdemona, and other works.

In 2020, Bujold was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.  A complete list of her awards may be found here: http://www.sfadb.com/Lois_McMaster_Bujold  Her books have been translated into over twenty languages.

Bujold blogs on Goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16094.Lois_McMaster_Bujold/blog


Harriet Evans worked on the inside of the book industry as a publisher for many years but,
in the end, her love of writing won out over her publishing career and she enjoys being lucky enough to focus on her writing as a full-time novelist.

Harriet  is the author of eleven novels which have all been bestsellers, including A Place for UsGoing Home and Love Always.


Jacks Thomas, an international books and culture specialist, is currently Guest Director at BolognaBookPlus, a brand extension of the acclaimed Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Thomas was Director, The London Book Fair from 2013 to 2020. She began her career at the BBC before moving into publishing during which time she held roles at Simon & Schuster, Michael Joseph (Penguin) and HarperCollins.  She  was a partner and CEO at Midas Public Relations following a 6 year tenure as European Director of Communications, Reader’s Digest.

Thomas co-founded the Chiswick Book Festival and serves on several committees. She is  a regular speaker about publishing at leading universities in the UK and abroad.


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