Penny Richards: Historical fiction writer

Penny Richards: Historical fiction writer – is the Managing Director of the Aspen Institute in the UK. She’s a CEO with an exceptional track record of delivering change and meaningful results for international organisations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the BBC.

She spent many years working in foreign news at the BBC, finally as their Asia Bureau Editor, responsible for the news coverage of half the world’s population.

She has also been the CEO for The Elders, a group of independent former world leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter, working together for peace and human rights.

Most recently she was the Executive Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine, the wine industry’s only prestigious international global education and membership organization.

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Historical Perspectives of Penny

PENNY RICHARDS has written and sold contemporary romance since 1983. She took several years off to pursue other ventures, like editing a local oral history project and coauthoring a stage play.

She also ran and operated Garden Getaways, a bed-and-breakfast, and catering business. Her love of writing and all things historical led her back to historical mysteries and inspirational romances.

Penny Richards values American heritage and believes in God, family, love, and happy endings. This explains why she feels so at home writing for Love Inspired Historical.

Penny Richards Books Record

Penny Richards is the author of 43 books for various imprints at Harlequin, Silhouette, and Harper Paperbacks.

Her books have made many bestseller lists, and she has been nominated for and won many industry awards.

She won the Romance Writers of America RITA in the Inspirational category, a Lifetime Achievement award from Romantic Times magazine for Eden, book four of the Calloway Corners series, and Storyteller of the Year.

She currently writes historical mysteries for Kensington Publishing. Her first historical mystery, An Untimely Frost, the first book of the Lilly Long Mystery series, was awarded Best Historical Mystery of 2017 by the Texas Association of Authors.

She also won the award for the cover art of the Texas Association. Book two, Though This Be Madness, was released in April 2017, and book three, Murder Will Speak, was also in April 2018.

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Penny Richards determinations

Confronted with burnout, she took several years off to pursue other things she loved like editing a local oral history project and coauthoring.

She also performs a stage play about a dead man (known fondly as Old Mike) who was found in the city park in 1911. She got a double dose of embalming and remained on display until the seventies.

She also spent ten years renovating her 1902 Queen Anne home and getting it onto the National Register of Historic Places.

At the “big house” she ran and operated Garden Getaways, a bed-and-breakfast and catering business that did everything from receptions, bridal lunches, fancy private dinners, and “tastings” to dress-up tea parties (with makeup and all the trimmings) for little girls who liked to pretend to be grand ladies while receiving manners lessons.

Penny Richards: Historical fiction writer

Though she had a wonderful time and hosted people from every walk of life, writing was still in her blood, and her love of all things historical led her to historical fiction, more specifically historical mystery and inspirational romances.

She is thrilled to be back writing and, God willing hopes to continue to do so for many years.

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