1653. A young spy is on her first mission for the exiled King Charles II. However Lady Laurette Miles soon discovers any allegiance can become tainted in the stormy waters of Oliver Cromwell’s England. When she unearths a traitor, can Laurette prevent an assassination that would destroy their cause and her own future forever?

My first novel is Charlotte Gray meets The Musketeers. It focuses on a heroine with a talent for disguise, codebreaking and horseriding. Thare are action sequences such as a prison break from the Tower of London and some simmering mutual attraction between Laurette and the enigmatic agent Mr Carter.

Although my protagonists are fictional, real-life people such as spymaster John Thurloe and King Charles II make cameo appearances.

Historical fiction author seeks agent

My debut novel is 90,000 words long and the manuscript is complete. If you’re an UK literary agent who’d like me to send some example chapters, please contact me at helen[at]hjreynolds.co.uk

I’m currently working on Laurette’s next mission in Copenhagen and York.

Helpful seventeenth century adventure resources

Write what you know. Or spend days on Google and in the library.

Researching the politics and culture of The Interregnum has meant disappearing down many rabbit holes of articles and references. Whether you’re an historical fiction author or reader, you’re welcome to take a look at my seventeenth century resources and writing resources.

The British Library is an incomparable resource for delving into the past. As I’m based in North Yorkshire, their reading room at Boston Spa near York has been a revelation.

I’m also documenting my favourite historical oddities and publication tips. Check out my articles.