Joanna Trolope is one of the country’s most prolific and significant romantic novelists ever to come out of the UK. Her books have sold worldwide to great acclaim. She has also written works under the pen name of Caroline Harvey, allowing her to expand on her work. She was born and raised in one of the most romantic and wild places in Britain. This was the small town/village of Minchinhampton situated on the Common high above the Stroud Valleys in the Cotswolds. This beautiful part of the world must have been an influence as it;s windswept undulating hillocks and views of the Severn offer some of the best views in the county. Just ask anyone living in one of the many Gloucestershire Park Homes such as those at http://www.parkhomelife.com/our-parks/orchard-park-homes-gloucester-gloucstershire/.
Joanna’s parents were artistic people, her father being a part time painter and her mother a writer. It was no surprise when she went up to Oxford to read English. After leaving university she worked for the Foreign Office and Commonwealth Office, primarily in Eastern Europe. She then turned to teaching before becoming a full time novelist in 1980.
Initially she tried historical romances, as the aforementioned Caroline Harvey, but after advice she switched to more contemporary work and used her own name. She has been given the tag of an “Aga Saga” writer, the Aga being a popular oven used in the Country. This is a bit unfair as they tend to simplify her work. This is usually densely plotted with realistic characters.