The Darling Strumpet has had a very long and twisting path to publication. In fact, Nell Gwynn’s story didn’t start out as a novel. When I was an ambitious 23-year old actress, an actor friend got a lot of attention for a one-man show he was doing. I thought it was a great idea, and decided to write a show for myself to perform. I thought some historical character would be a good subject, and my father suggested Nell Gwynn. I began researching her, and the more I learned, the more I fell in love with her and her story.