Beverley Oakley

Beverley Oakley


Beverley Oakley writes aviation-themed romantic suspense set in Colonial Africa. She is also the author of 25 historical romances set during the Georgian, Regency and Victorian eras.

Her Napoleonic espionage romance The Reluctant Bride won UK Publisher Choc-Lit’s Search for an Australian Star competition in 2013 and her Regency romantic intrigue The Maid of Milan was shortlisted for the UK Festival of Romance’s Top Ten Reads for 2014.

Beverley’s love of aviation began as a child when light aircraft was a vital means of transport in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho where she spent her early years. After marrying a Norwegian bush pilot she met in Botswana while managing a safari lodge, Beverley’s writing career took off. Working alongside her husband in the airborne geophysical survey industry at 250 feet above ground each day, Beverley started penning the first of her historical romances as a distraction to being often the only woman during a series of long survey contracts around the world.

Beverley is now settled north of Melbourne where she teaches creative writing, and writes, inspired by her view of the nineteenth century Gothic former insane asylum across the road. Her latest series, set in a London brothel in the 1870s, recently hit the Amazon best-seller charts in multiple categories. Currently, she is working on a romantic suspense set in Lesotho just prior to Independence in the mid 1960s with – you guessed it – a pilot as her hero!