Stella Whitelaw began writing seriously at the age of nine.
She was ill with measles when her father gave her an Imperial
Portable typewriter. Covered in spots, she sat up in bed and
taught herself to type.
At sixteen, she became a cub reporter and worked her way up
to Chief Reporter. She was the first woman Chief Reporter, the
youngest, and the only one who was pregnant.
After producing a family, she became Secretary of the Parliamentary
Press Gallery at the House of Commons. Secretary then meant
the original meaning, Secretariat, the keeper of secrets. She
was awarded an MBE in 2001 but is not sure why.
Like Trollope, she wrote books on the train and in the recesses.
The Jordan Lacey PI series is her favourite and the cruise crime
books. Her big romances, No Darker Heaven and Sweet Seduction,
were a marathon adventure.
Stella has won a womans magazine national short story
competition and the London Magazines Art of Writing competition
judged by Sheridan Morley. The Elizabeth Goudge Cup was presented
to her at Guildford University.
Homeless cats find their way to Stellas lifelong hospitality
and she has written eight books of cat stories for the 7
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BOOKS BY STELLA
||Yesterday Once More
A collection of historical short stories:
Table for Two (1537),
Run Crimson (1587),
The Second Ark (1646),
The Loblolly Boy (1805),
Diary of Dr Arthur Southwick (1881),
Jubilee Jones ( 1939),
The Dome is Square and Made of Jelly (1880 – 2000)
||Christmas Once More
A collection of holiday short stories:
A Cracking Time,
Blue Nosed Clown,
Christmas In January,
Christmas is Off This Year,
Christmas Schedule Blues,
Glad Tidings of Great Joy,
Knock, Knock Noel,
No Haste Christmas,
The Second Ugly Sister,
Twelve Days to Christmas
||Hauntings Once More
A collection of haunting short stories:
Catching the Sea Wind,
Day the Sea Stood Still,
Good Foot to Heaven,
Memories Are Made of This,
Other Cemetery Guide, Pillar Box Freak,
Strictly Come Dying,
||Pray and Die
Jordan Lacey, ex-policewoman, now advertising her services as a private investigator in the local paper and working out of a junk shop in the quiet part of town. Will there be enough crime in Latching to keep her in business? Errant husbands, runaway pets… it looks like there might be.
Kira Reed reinvents herself then moves to Barbados to start over. Giles Earl owns a plantation house and sugar factory. Kira should be seducing him with her business prowess, but instead falls in love with Giles. The mysterious death of Tamara, Kira's mother, plays alongside Kira's story. The secret she discovers could ruin the love she and Giles share.
Fiona Kimberley was a self-centred young woman, hungry for money and social status. So when she is found murdered on her wedding day it comes as no surprise to anyone that there is a lengthy list of suspects. Fiona had alienated many people in her short life, all of whom were present at the wedding, and all of whom had the means, and the motive, to exact revenge on the beautiful bride.
||No Darker Heaven
Lyssa Pasten is torn between loving two men -- Matthew Arnold, her new fiancé, and Jethro, Matthews often-absent father. She and Jeth fight against their mutual attraction for Matthew's sake and the sake of her small daughter who has RAS. When Jeth suddenly goes missing, Lyssa knows she has to follow her heart and find him.