Writers usually evolve from bookworms, and Bronwyn Houldsworth was a bookworm from age 5. In primary school, an essay she wrote about Anzac Day won a silver cup and appeared in the local paper. Then, life intervened, putting a halt to her budding literary career.
After school, business college, and a job as a secretary, Bronwyn joined the Navy as a Writer, a misleading description for what were, in essence, clerk-typists.
Secretarial and clerical positions in private enterprise and the public service followed, and part-time study rewarded her with a BA Soc Sci, majoring in Politics and Sociology. In her spare time Bronwyn wrote travel and history articles for newspapers and magazines. They were often illustrated with photos by her partner John, a professional photographer.
Meanwhile, researching the family tree, Bronwyn became obsessed with one mysterious branch. Details eluded her, until online resources came to the aid of her detective work. She discovered a host of amazing characters. Not convicts (Bronwyn already had at least 3 in another family branch), not relatively recent immigrants (her mother’s Argentinian parents), but an amazing cast of dukes, earls, baronets, governors, actors, writers, parsons, suffragettes, Academy Award winners, black sheep… How could she not be inspired to write about some of these characters?
By now John and Bronwyn were running a press photography business. Her favourite assignments involved the documentation of listed buildings. She also worked in a museum.
Bronwyn attended the first conference of the Romance Writers of Australia and began to write fiction and enter competitions. A short story of hers appeared in an RWA anthology. Another was a finalist in a national magazine/publishing house competition. Two flash fiction stories and several book reviews were published in magazines.
Bronwyn has since written the book of her heart, inspired by some of her mysterious eighteenth-century ancestors and love of history. she hopes you enjoy The Heart Has Its Reasons.
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