British best-selling novelist Penny Vincenzi died recently at 78. A profilic writer, Vincenzi focused on strong female heroines – a little romance and sex mixed with family secrets and intrigue. I’ve read a few of her books, but can’t remember the plot of even one; I do remember them being long, with more plot than the usual romantic Chick Lit.
When asked if she aspired to write more “highbrow material,” she said she didn’t:
“I have a strong aversion to people saying the kind of novels I write are escapist. Books ought to be escapist. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a good old healthy slug of glamour and glitz.”
Her writing has been compared to Barbara Taylor Bradford and Julian Fellowes, and her bestsellers include The Decision, The Best of Times, Absolute Scandal, and her latest (2017) A Question of Trust.
Maybe I’ll try her again. Escape is good.