ABOUT OLIVIA HAYFIELD 

Welcome, Readers!


I’m Olivia Hayfield*, author of modern retellings of historical tales. 

Thanks for dropping by. I’m hoping this is because you’ve read one of my books and are intrigued to know a little more about me. Here goes – brace!

I have dual nationality (UK, NZ), two names (Olivia Hayfield, Sue Copsey), two author personas (adult, children’s) and two jobs (author, editor). This keeps life interesting, but it does tend to confuse people.

Why, I hear you ask, would I add writing under a pseudonym to ways in which to confuse? It was at the request of my publisher. Sue Copsey, they said, wasn’t ‘glamorous’ enough. (Rude! said my family.) So I made up a new name, and while I was at it knocked ten years off my age. As it turns out, I have had a lot of fun as Olivia.

What else? We can add ‘history nerd’ to that list. Purely amateur, though if, like the characters in my books, we do get a second existence, I’d like to come back as a history academic, whiling away the hours in ancient libraries.

But as far as the current life goes, when I’m not editing (day job) or writing (most other waking minutes), I usually have my nose stuck in a popular history book. I’m a fan of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir and Antonia Fraser – I read male authors’ takes on history too, but I enjoy the insight of female writers when it comes to historical characters and their relationships. And then I spend many an hour wondering what those characters would be like if they lived today.

Personal stuff: I have two grown-up children, a husband, and my other great love is wildlife. 

If you’d like news on my books, events, or just chit chat about my writing life, then please do sign up to my newsletter. [Update – I’m so bad at doing newsletters. TIME! I just don’t have any. But I will try to do better.] Or drop me a line on [email protected]. Emails from readers are my favourite things.

Olivia Hayfield book cover of Sister to Sister
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*As mentioned, I’m not really. Like her characters, Olivia is a reimagined version of the truth. If you were after that other author (older, less glamorous, not nearly as much fun), the one who writes children’s books and is also a book editor, you can visit her at www.suecopsey.com

olivia-hayfield-author-photograph

Welcome, Readers!

 

I’m Olivia Hayfield*, author of modern retellings of historical tales. 

Thanks for dropping by. I’m hoping this is because you’ve read one of my books and are intrigued to know a little more about me. Here goes – brace!

I have dual nationality (UK, NZ), two names (Olivia Hayfield, Sue Copsey), two author personas (adult, children’s) and two jobs (author, editor). This keeps life interesting, but it does tend to confuse people.

Why, I hear you ask, would I add writing under a pseudonym to ways in which to confuse? It was at the request of my publisher. Sue Copsey, they said, wasn’t ‘glamorous’ enough. (Rude! said my family.) So I made up a new name, and while I was at it knocked ten years off my age. As it turns out, I have had a lot of fun as Olivia.

What else? We can add ‘history nerd’ to that list. Purely amateur, though if, like the characters in my books, we do get a second existence, I’d like to come back as a history academic, whiling away the hours in ancient libraries.

But as far as the current life goes, when I’m not editing (day job) or writing (most other waking minutes), I usually have my nose stuck in a popular history book. I’m a fan of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir and Antonia Fraser – I read male authors’ takes on history too, but I enjoy the insight of female writers when it comes to historical characters and their relationships. And then I spend many an hour wondering what those characters would be like if they lived today.

Personal stuff: I have two grown-up children, a husband, and my other great love is wildlife. I’m a fairly terrible cook but my fingers are quite green, and the great tragedy of my life is that I love cats but am horribly allergic to them.

If you’d like news on my books, events, or just chit chat about my writing life, then please do sign up to my newsletter. [Update – I’m so bad at doing newsletters. TIME! I just don’t have any. But I will try to do better.] Or drop me a line on [email protected]. Emails from readers are my favourite things.

*As mentioned, I’m not really. Like her characters, Olivia is a reimagined version of the truth. If you were after that other author (older, less glamorous, not nearly as much fun), the one who writes children’s books and is also a book editor, you can visit her at www.suecopsey.com

Olivia Hayfield book cover of Sister to Sister
Photograph of Olivia Hayfield Sister to Sister book cover

PAPERBACK

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NOTORIOUS


Rumour has it …

An escapist, compelling page-turner of love, fame and scandal, loosely based on one of history’s greatest unsolved mysteries – the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower – and the royal enigma that was Richard III.

Everyone’s heard of the Snows. Belle, lead singer of world-famous rock band Woodville. Her husband Teddy, acclaimed actor by day, notorious party animal by night. Their children: Emma, Pearl, Crystal, Elfred and River.

Emma Snow wants three things in the world: to become a writer, own a cat, and never think about Rowan Bosworth again. Darkly handsome with a tragic past, Emma should know better than to be in love with him. She’s never sure whether he actually likes her, or if she’s just a pawn in one of the twisted games he likes to play.

One Valentine’s Day, a terrible event occurs that will rip the Snow family apart – Emma’s little brothers go missing. Determined to uncover the truth behind their disappearance, Emma is forced to delve into the dark past of her celebrity family – and once and for all decide whether to think with her heart or her head.

“A rattling good contemporary love/detective story which people will enjoy on many different levels.”
– Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Master, Emanuel College, Cambridge, and Director-General, The National Trust

 

Paperback Release: 29 March 2022 Australia & New Zealand   /   30 August 2022 UK

ebook Release: 29 March 2022  worldwide

 

Praise for NOTORIOUS

“It’s one thing to write a satisfying crime novel, and quite another to base it on real historical characters and events. Lovers of crime will enjoy the cleverness of the plotting, and history buffs will appreciate how well Hayfield has captured the essence of the original characters’ personalities and their dynamics – the power plays, treason and deceit … an ingenious adaptation of history and a gripping mystery to boot.”

– The Listener

 “A royal-inspired romp that sees the infamously murky story of King Richard III and the Princes in the Tower transported to modern day. It’s a clever whodunnit with a bonus love story that’ll have you hooked. ” Woman’s Day

 “Fantastically entertaining, very cleverly done …  a lush novel in the Jilly Cooper tradition … An ideal novel for cosy, escapist winter reading. Hayfield will have you suspicious, guessing, and turning pages, each one like the chocolate truffles Lady Madeline leaves in Emma’s bedroom – like Emma, you won’t be able to stop at one or two.”

– Kete: New Books from Aotearoa

[Olivia Hayfield writes] straight-up great novels that reimagine history … I whooped when it arrived, turned on the telly for the kids, and made myself scarce … [Hayfield] never misses a chance to inject glamour, but there’s real heart to her books.”

The Spinoff Books Review

 “Part mystery, part romance, with lashings of rich and famous people … If you want to be won over by an escapist pleasure read, then Notorious will be Victorious!”

– Woman’s Weekly

SISTER TO SISTER

Following the scandalous revelations about his love life, disgraced media mogul Harry Rose is searching for redemption. His daughters – bright, winsome Eliza and dark, difficult Maria – have taken over the helm at Rose Corp. But while Eliza’s on study leave at Oxford, Maria embarks on a drive to rid the British media giant of sleaze. His legacy under threat, Harry wants Maria out and Eliza in. But hanging between Harry and Eliza is the unresolved death of Eliza’s mother.

Eliza has a vision for Rose Corp. Along with Will Bardington and Kit Marley, enfants terribles of the arts world, she plans a new golden age of British TV drama. But Maria is standing in her way. And then there’s the distraction of her childhood playmate, the twinkly-eyed Rob Studley, and a new threat, from Eliza’s thorn-in-the-side Scottish cousin.

Guided by Harry, Eliza navigates life as Rose Corp’s new queen. But after a stellar start, things take a dark turn, and ultimately Eliza will have to make a choice: career, or love? It shouldn’t be this hard. 

Loosely based on the reigns of Tudor queens Mary and Elizabeth, Sister to Sister is the sequel to Wife After Wife.

Praise for Sister to Sister 

“Even if you’re not an aficionado of Tudor history, there is lots to love in this racy romp about the lives of the rich and fabulous. The historical factor is fun though, and adds another layer to an addictively readable novel … if you’re a fan of Jilly Cooper or something of a history buff, then you’re really not going to want to miss out.” – Woman’s Weekly

 “The skill of Hayfield in creating a believable modern storyline that maintains the essence of the historical characters and events makes this book more than simply a light-hearted version of the television show Succession. … in a turbulent summer, Sister to Sister is the perfect escape. ” – The Listener

 “The ingenious way Hayfield re-casts and contemporises the Tudor court gives her a chance to have some fun but there remain perceptive observations of modern life, from the influence of the religious right to the relationship problems caused by family dysfunction … an amusing, smart and oddly thought-provoking read with glamour and great heart.”

– Kete: New Books from Aotearoa

A must-read for history buffs.” – Woman’s Day

 “A fun and entertaining read, more than perfect for lock down life. If you love your Tudor history, you will love the many, many Tudor references … All in all, non-stop Tudor intrigue!”

– An Historian About Town (blog)

 “… the sequel is just as fantastic in a different way  … a fun read but also packed quite an emotional punch for me (I’m not too proud to admit I cried my eyes out!).” – Royalcentral.co.uk

 

Photograph of Olivia Hayfield Sister to Sister book cover

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WIFE AFTER WIFE

A wickedly entertaining and utterly absorbing modern take on the life and marriages of Henry VIII … if he were a twenty-first-century womanising media mogul rather than the King of England.

Master of the universe Harry Rose is head of the Rose Corporation, number eighteen on the Forbes rich list, and recently married to wife number six. But in 2018, his perfect world is about to come crashing to the ground. His business is in the spotlight – and not in a good way – and his love life is under scrutiny. Because behind a glittering curtain of lavish parties, gorgeous homes, and a media empire is a tale worthy of any tabloid.

And Harry has a lot to account for.

This will delight both Tudorphiles and readers who love a dishy tellall about rich people behaving badly.”

Booklist (American Library Association, Book Reviews)

“A near-perfect holiday read – a right royal romp, you might say  – but its clever conceit, engaging writing, endearing characters and, ultimately, witty social commentary make it near-perfect for any other time of the year.”

New Zealand Herald

Praise for Wife After Wife 

Wife After Wife is intelligent and witty, and although its main aim is to entertain, it runs a solid thread of social commentary about relationships and power over the past few decades.”

– The Listener

“ Brimming with drama, deceit, romance, tragedy and passion. It reminded me of Jilly Cooper or Jackie Collins at their best, except this book is designed for an audience with different attitudes from those of the 1980s.” – Woman’s Weekly 

“You don’t have to be a Tudor aficionado to adore Wife After Wife, however, those in the know will be especially delighted with this modern-day retelling of the six wives of Henry VIII. For all others, Hayfield’s clever novel is a delicious read for anyone looking to sink into a big juicy story about love, lust, betrayal and other unfortunate consequences of the heart.”

Renee Rosen
US bestselling author of
Park Avenue Summer

WHICH OF HARRY ROSES SIX WIVES ARE YOU

In stellar company at the NZ launch of Wife After Wife, with New Zealander of the Year Jennifer Ward-Lealand, and actor-director Michael Hurst

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Left: With actor-director Michael Hurst, and New Zealander of the Year Jennifer Ward-Lealand, at the launch in Feb 2020 of Wife After Wife

BOOK 3 – OUT NOW

I’m thrilled to share that my third historical retelling is now out in the world. NOTORIOUS is a modern take on the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, and I’ve written it as a whodunnit. Its main characters are Emma Snow (Elizabeth of York), Rowan Bosworth (Richard III), and Henry Theodore (Henry VII) and I can’t WAIT for you to meet them!

Richard III, recreated in my third book as Rowan Bosworth. This is a reconstruction of Richard’s skull, made following the discovery of his remains in a Leicester car park in 2012.

 

PODCASTS

  • In this Book Bubble podcast I chat with best-selling author Nicky Pellegrino about Henry VIII, and launching a book in the time of Covid bit.ly/2YyQtWh
  • And in this one – On the Joys of Binge Reading – I chat with Jenny Wheeler about how I tackled bringing Elizabeth Ist into the 21st century, and the dilemma I faced over that ending.

KIT MARLOWE

This is a piece I wrote for The Spinoff, on that rakehell genius Kit Marlowe, who started life as a peripheral figure when I was writing Sister to Sister, but soon took centre stage. Read this to understand why! https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/26-01-2021/kit-marlowe-died-400-years-ago-but-hes-back-and-sexy-as-hell/ 

HENRY AND ME

I was invited by the lovely Natalie Grueninger of the popular podcast and website On the Tudor Trail, to write about how I developed the character of Harry Rose. In it I discuss how I set off wanting to bring Henry VIII down, but when I delved further into his character, something unexpected happened…  http://onthetudortrail.com/Blog/2021/02/10/henry-and-me-by-olivia-hayfield/

 

 

 

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In stellar company at the NZ launch of Wife After Wife, with New Zealander of the Year Jennifer Ward-Lealand, and actor-director Michael Hurst

Above: With actor-director Michael Hurst and New Zealander of the Year Jennifer Ward-Lealand, at the launch of Wife After Wife in February 2020

BOOK 3 – OUT NOW

I’m thrilled to share that my third historical retelling has now been released. NOTORIOUS is a modern take on the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, and I’ve written it as a whodunnit. Its main characters are Emma Snow (Elizabeth of York), Rowan Bosworth (Richard III), and Henry Theodore (Henry VII) and I can’t WAIT for you to meet them! 

Richard III, recreated in my third book as Rowan Bosworth. This is a reconstruction of Richard’s skull, made following the discovery of his remains in a Leicester car park in 2012.

PODCASTS

  • In this Book Bubble podcast I chat with best-selling author Nicky Pellegrino about Henry VIII, and launching a book in the time of Covid bit.ly/2YyQtWh
  • And in this one – On the Joys of Binge Reading – I chat with Jenny Wheeler about how I tackled bringing Elizabeth Ist into the 21st century, and the dilemma I faced over that ending.

KIT MARLOWE

This is a piece I wrote for The Spinoff, on that rakehell genius Kit Marlowe, who started life as a peripheral figure when I was writing Sister to Sister, but soon took centre stage. Read this to understand why! https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/26-01-2021/kit-marlowe-died-400-years-ago-but-hes-back-and-sexy-as-hell/

 

HENRY AND ME

I was invited by the lovely Natalie Grueninger of the popular podcast and website On the Tudor Trail, to write about how I developed the character of Harry Rose. In it I discuss how I set off wanting to bring Henry VIII down, but when I delved further into his character, something unexpected happened…  http://onthetudortrail.com/Blog/2021/02/10/henry-and-me-by-olivia-hayfield/

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