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Historical fiction writer, Deborah Swift from Carnforth, has published her third book.

A Divided Inheritance is set in London just after the Gunpowder Plot and in sumptuous Golden Age Spain.

Deborah, who was a student on the MA in Creative writing at Lancaster University, used to work as a set and costume designer for film and TV and went on to teach undergraduates as a freelance lecturer in theatre arts.

She said: “Historical fiction was a natural choice for me as a writer because I always enjoyed the research aspect of design – poking about in archives and museums, not to mention the attraction of boned bodices and the excuse to visit old and interesting buildings.”

In A Divided Inheritance, she tells the story of Elspet Leviston whose greatest ambition is to continue the success of her father Nathaniel’s lace business.

But Elspet’s dreams are thrown into turmoil with the arrival of her mysterious cousin Zachary Deane – who has his own designs on Leviston’s Lace.

Zachary is a dedicated swordsman with a secret past that seems to invite trouble.

Historical fiction was a natural choice for me as a writer because I always enjoyed the research aspect of design – poking about in archives and museums, not to mention the attraction of boned bodices and the excuse to visit old and interesting buildings!

So Nathaniel sends him on a Grand Tour, away from the distractions of Jacobean London. Elspet believes herself to be free of her hot-headed relative but when Nathaniel dies her fortunes change dramatically. She is forced to leave her beloved home and go in search of Zachary – determined to claim back from him the inheritance that is rightfully hers.