Thank you for stopping by my website. My debut novel is called The Reversible Mask and it is the first of three novels. It draws loosely on the career of a double agent, who inserted himself into the religious wars of the day and tried to moderate English and Spanish policy.

My protagonist is an English Catholic courtier, who left England in the 1560s and spied for Catholic Spain against European Protestants. His nationalism is aroused when the threat to England intensifies and because of this he becomes one of Protestant Elizabeth I’s most effective spies abroad, while on Spain’s payroll… you’ll have to get the book to find out more though!

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Loretta Goldberg writes historical literary fiction with battle scenes. She loves this genre because she finds in history’s frames, where events have beginnings and endings, a magical mirror in which we can see ourselves more fully. Her debut novel, The Reversible Mask: An Elizabethan Spy Novel, won the International Firebird Book Award in Historical Fiction and New Fiction in 2023. It also won a Book Excellence Finalists Award in 2019. Her second novel, Beyond the Bukubuk Tree: A World War II Novel of Love and Loss, won International Firebird Book Awards in 2023 in War Fiction.

Her characters are flawed strivers, often in love with the wrong person or at odds with social norms, or both, who get caught up in history’s iconic struggles and risk all to make a difference. Kings, queens, maids, Ottoman diplomats, spies, farmers, nurses–they all have nuance. Her world view evolved from living the highs and lows of being a professional pianist, tempered by the pragmatism of years as an insurance agent and registered representative with employee payrolls to meet, and diverse jobs she held along the way, including house painter, advertising bill collector and telemarketer.

An Australian-American, she earned a BA (Hons.) in English literature, Musicology and History at the University of Melbourne. She came to the USA on a Fulbright scholarship to study piano. Her CDs of new music are in over 700 libraries (See Discography). She premiered an unknown work by Franz Liszt on an EMI HMV (Australian Division) album, and her edition of the score for G. Schirmer is in its third edition.

Her published non-fiction consists of articles on financial planning, arts reviews and political satire.  She lives with her spouse, commuting between New York City and Chester, Connecticut, where she enjoys family, friends and colleagues. For the New York Chapter of the Historical Novel Society, she started the chapter’s published writer public reading series at the Jefferson Market Library, New York City, and is the chapter’s current chair. She is a member of The Authors Guild and National League of American PEN Women.


I Moderated an Open Mic. Event at Jefferson Market Library Last Night, May 15, 2024 for HNS-NYC Members

This was a lovely and fun event, with published and work-in-progress historical novels ranging from the 408 A.D. to the 1970s. Readings went for 2 minutes each, then an open discussion. The readers were: Andrew Kas, Lisa Yarde, Helen Lundstrom Erwin, Diane Simmons, Christina Britton Conroy, Jeri Hilderley,  Kate Bahlke Hornstein, Martha Hoffman, Anne Marie …


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