Francene Stanley found initial inspiration in poetry and songwriting but the last five years have been dedicated to writing novels. Like her main characters, she expresses optimism, determination to succeed, and illustrates the principle of positive thinking combined with the trust that things will work out.
Born in Australia, Francene married young. Retreating to the small fishing village of Robe after her husband's nervous breakdown, they ran a craft shop and tea room, welcoming tourists to the area. In the nineteen seventies, she and her husband travelled in a caravan with three children around Australia looking at various ways of alternative living. However, children become adults with minds of their own.
After her divorce, Francene left Australia and moved to London, where she worked as a nanny for a year, travelling around the world with the family she worked for. She met her present husband in London, worked in the catering business for 12 years, and travelled extensively. Now retired, she lives beside a strip of Victorian cottages, which nestle together along the old Roman road from London to St Albans, backed by riding stables and facing a stand of trees before open fields. Boudicca was said to have fought the last battle of the ancient Britons against the Roman Empire in the area.