Gillian Bagwell has had a life-long love of books, British
history, and theatre, and united these passions in writing
her first novel, The Darling Strumpet. She grew up in
Berkeley, California, and began her professional life as an
actress and moved from acting to directing and producing,
founding The Pasadena Shakespeare Company in 1994, and
producing thirty-seven productions over nine seasons.
Gillian began researching Nell Gwynn as the subject of
one-woman show, but realized that such a brief format
couldn’t do justice to the richness of Nell’s
life, and started writing The Darling Strumpet while
living in London in 2006. Her extensive background in
theatre has enabled her to bring vividly to life the
theatrical conditions and performances of Nell’s time.
During the course of researching The Darling
Strumpet, Gillian learned of the unbelievable true
adventures of Jane Lane, the heroine of her second novel,
The Royal Miracle.