Literary Birthday – 14 February – Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley was born 14 February 1965 and died 11 June 2021.


  1. I believe that our lives, just like fairy tales – the stories that have been written by us humans, through our own experiences of living – will always have a Hero and a Heroine, a Fairy Godmother and a Wicked Witch.
  2. Spirits…Ghosts…Angels…whichever yo wish to call them – Reader, they do exist. I’ve seem them all my life, but I’ve learned to say nothing. And for all you cynics out there, just remember, there is no proof either way. So I choose to believe. In my opinion, it’s much the best option.
  3. It’s amazing how beauty can mask so many flaws.
  4. Every human being has a fascinating existence, with a big cast of good and evil characters in each. And almost always, somewhere along the way, magic.
  5. Once you have made a decision and there is no turning back, acceptance is the only comfort.
  6. The Seven Sisters is a story about humanity: love, family, joy, loss, fear, and pain. And above all, the one gift that is more important than any other, and has kept us humans alive throughout unbearable suffering: HOPE.
  7. I wanted to celebrate the achievements of women, especially in the past, where so often, their contribution to making our world the place it is today has been overshadowed by the more frequently documented achievements of men.
  8. As I travel round the world, following in the footsteps of my factual and fictional female characters to research their stories, I am constantly humbled and awed by the tenacity and courage of the generations of women who came before me.

Lucinda Riley was an Irish author of popular historical fiction and a former actress. She was known for writing a seven-novel series called The Seven Sisters. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and sold over ten million copies worldwide.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 13th February 2018