Netta Muskett

Netta Muskett (1887-1963) was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, and was educated at Kent College, Folkstone. She taught mathematics before joining the Voluntary Aid Detachment that took her to France where she drove an ambulance during the First World War. It was during the same war that she lost her brother who was killed in Egypt whilst serving with the Imperial Camel Corp (ICC) in 1916. In 1925 she married Henry Wallace Muskett and brought up four children, three of whom were from Henry's previous marriage. Two years later she wrote her first novel, 'The Jade Spider'. What followed was a career of writing that spanned over 37 years. Netta co-founded the Romantic Novelists' Association, where she served as Vice-President. In her honour the RNA created the Netta Muskett Award for outstanding new writers, now called the RNA New Writers Scheme.