LITERARY LUSCIOUSNESS: Inspiration for, and insight into, my “Violet Champion” novel - beautiful desk area with books and chandelier

LITERARY LUSCIOUSNESS: Luscious Lifers, I thought some of you might like a little insight into my “Violet Champion” novel…




A pile of books on a gilt chair - Living lusciously




Literary murder mystery, social commentary



Luscious Capri view via




Capri, Italy



JK Place Capri hotel view




Whilst holidaying in a private resort on the island of Capri, Violet Champion, a 30-something heiress and philanthropist, questions the beliefs and behaviour of the “One Percenters”, the super rich.

When a murder unsettles the idyllic environment, she examines the motives of her fellow guests, social expectation and responsibility, and the relationship between the “old world” of European titles and American industrialists, and the “new world” of reality TV and social media stars.

Think Edith Wharton meets F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Agatha Christie meets Donna Tartt. Hopefully.




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The links below, of people who have inspired me, take you to the author’s Amazon literary listings in case you are interested in exploring their work further.

Author Books
Truman Capote Answered Prayers
F Scott Fitzgerald Various
Donna Tartt The Secret History
Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre
Agatha Christie Various
Tom Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities
Edith Wharton Various
William Makepeace Thackeray Vanity Fair
Gillian Flynn Various
Émile Zola Thérèse Raquin
Henry James Various
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
Honore de Balzac Various
E. M. Forster Various
Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway
Julian Fellowes Various
Dominick Dunne Various
Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho
Nancy Mitford Various
Irène Némirovsky Suite Française
Evelyn Waugh Various





I’ve spent several months scoping out the structure and plot, and doing research. I have about 66,000 words written so far, although much editing of the existing work is still required.

The first two chapters have been professionally reviewed and fabulous feedback received, which is both exciting and daunting.

I’m not putting a timeframe on it as deadlines just freak me out, but I am trying to make it my main priority, trying to balance it between working on Luscious, as well as the Luscious travel guide to Paris, Central France and the French Riviera, and a guide to luscious living.

Thanks for your support!

Natasha xx










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