Here is my Biography

LUCILLE TURNER’s first book, Gioconda, was described in The Financial Times as, ‘A lush, evocative, and remarkably accomplished debut novel’. Gioconda was about the life of the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci; it was translated into several languages and went on to win Spain’s Hislibris prize for historical fiction in 2012.

LUCILLE TURNER’s first book, Gioconda, was described in The Financial Times as, ‘A lush, evocative, and remarkably accomplished debut novel’. Gioconda was about the life of the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci; it was translated into several languages and went on to win Spain’s Hislibris prize for historical fiction in 2012. Lucille has a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature; she used to live in France where she taught Humanities for many years at Skema Business School, near Nice. She has now returned to Bournemouth, her hometown, and works as a translator in between writing and blogging. Her second book, The Sultan, the Vampyr and the Soothsayer, won third prize in the best fiction category at the Independent Publisher Awards in 2017.

It is history brought to life and told as story. It hinges on the facts, but gives itself the freedom to interpret them.

Nowhere or so it often seems. Sometimes inspiration comes from someone else, an encounter or event that sparks a thought. Other times you have to make it up.

Words are potent tools; a story can transport you to another time and place, whether you’re a reader or a writer.