Lelita Baldock is an author of historical fiction.
She is the author of two historical fiction novels. Her 2020 debut, Widow's Lace, is a tale of hidden desires, fears and betrayal, set between Australia and England. Her award-winning novel, Where the Gulls Fall Silent, uncovers the everyday realities of life on the Cornish coast, and explores the impact of social structures and expectations on individuals and their choices.
Lelita was born and raised in Australia, living between the capital cities of Adelaide and Melbourne. In 2018 she relocated to Surrey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Literature and History, and a Bachelor of Education, specialising in English.
As a secondary school English teacher, Lelita taught across multiple disciplines including High Level International Baccalaureate English Literature, and A Level English, in both Australia and the UK.
Lelita enjoys engaging with other readers and writers through social media and publishing a regular writing newsletter. When not writing, Lelita will most likely be found reading, with a cup of coffee or icy white wine in her hand.
Twitter/ X: @LelitaBaldock
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In her own words:
I have a passion for stories, especially those with a dark undercurrent, or a twist to be revealed.
I hope to tell interesting stories that people will find themselves drawn into. Stories that are for entertainment and escape, and hopefully a little thrill of the unexpected.
I truly enjoy the experience of writing, exploring human traits and reactions as well as the darkness that can lurk unexpectedly inside anyone. I love stories that delve into uncomfortable places.
A good setting is my favourite part of a novel, a love I developed while working as an English teacher in my 20s. Now my husband and I run a web development business, and I make time for writing after hours and on weekends. It can mean long days and late nights, but I don't mind. It's something I love to do (well, except maybe the editing!).
My long term goal as a writer is to be able to publish my stories regularly and hopefully appeal to a wide range of readers, including those similar to myself.