Elizabeth EECarter400hEllen Carter’s debut novel, Moonstone Obsession, was published in 2013 by Etopia Press. Earlier that year, the Regency adventure romance had been shortlisted in the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Awards for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Set in England and France during the French Revolution, it was heralded as ‘edge-of-seat adventure and intrigue’ and ‘a rollercoaster of love, blackmail, ill-gotten gains, treason and trickery’ with Carter described as ‘a writer worth keeping an eye on’ with ‘a hint of classic suspense novelist Daphne du Maurier’.

Her second novel, Warrior’s Surrender, was published by Etopia the following year. Set in Northumbria in 1077, it sets the relationship between a displaced Saxon noblewoman and a Norman baron against the turbulent backdrop of England in the years following the Norman invasion of 1066. Reviewers found the novel ‘a fast moving and passionate read’ with ‘strong characters, an intriguing plot, and plenty of action… a sexy romance to be savoured’. Readers agreed, voting Warrior’s Surrender Favourite Historical Fiction in the 2015 Readers & Writers Down Under Readers Choice Awards.

Also in 2014, the short story Moonstone Promise, spinning off from Moonstone Obsession as part of Etopia’s Valentines Heat anthology, followed the fortunes of one of the supporting characters back home to 18th century Pittsburgh in a tale of ‘second chance romance’.

Warrior's Surrender (now in a super-duper print edition) won People's Choice for Historical Fiction at the 2015 Readers & Writers Down Under event on Saturday

Warrior’s Surrender was named Favourite Historical Fiction at the 2015 Readers & Writers Down Under Readers Choice Awards.

Carter moved up to 1802 for the light-hearted romantic short story Three Ships, part of the Christmas 2014 anthology A Season To Remember, and ventured briefly into contemporary romance for the first time with her Romance Writers of Australia annual Little Gems competition placegetter, The Tin Bear, in August 2015.

Another Moonstone Obsession character, the sinful Lady Abigail Houghall, features in the full length novel Moonstone Conspiracy which was a 2015 finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards for best historical romance.

Carter has completed her fourth novel, Dark Heart, which is set in ancient Rome, and is now working on Captive Of The Corsairs, set around the pirate-plagued Mediterranean Sea of the early 1800s.

Both Dark Heart, which is currently being edited, and Captive Of The Corsairs bring together the elements for which Carter has become known in just a few years – in-depth historical detail woven through gripping adventure and captivating romance.

Carter released the short story September Harvest as part of the Second Chance Cafe anthology in November 2015 and the indie release gothic Regency novella Nocturne in February 2016. A romantic Christmas mystery, The Thief Of Hearts, is set for release in November.

The author lives in Australia with her husband and two cats. A former newspaper journalist, she ran an award-winning PR agency for 12 years.