Roberta Franklin, who was born in Germany in 1973 and studied History and English Literature in Munich, lives in Piraeus (Greece) and London. She has worked in various fields – as a journalist, as Social Hostess on a cruise ship, as an insurance agent – and during the past ten years she has been working as a freelance translator and a teacher of foreign languages. But her true passion has always been writing, and her favourite genre has always been romantic fiction.

Her first novel, “The Professor and the Bird”, was published in 2016. It is the story of a highly unlikely romance: a Professor of Archaeology and a young girl who takes part in motorcycle races in the desert; he is Greek, she is Irish; and the age difference between them is more than 30 years!

While they get to know and love each other, in that excavation camp in the Anatolian desert, adventure unfolds. Sally finds a clay fragment that bears the oldest inscription in an Indo-European language found to date. The news of that rare find, of course, attracts shady characters: an American millionaire wants the piece for his collection, and when Nikos explains to him that ancient artefacts cannot be sold, the rich crook resorts to other methods of getting at it…

Set against an exotic Turkish background with colourful characters of various nationalities, a lively story unfolds as Nikos and Sally develop a deep passion for each other and simultaneously defend the artefact from the thieves. Their love will be put to the test – will it be strong enough?