At age 18, Rosemary Hawley Jarman went to London to study singing. Family circumstances prevented her from continuing in this direction and she worked for a time in local government. She helped fulfill a personal obsession with King Richard III of England by writing a long novel, "We Speak No Treason," based on Richard's true history. The book was published in 1971 to wide acclaim and launched her career as an author. She lived with writer R.T. Plumb for 18 years before they married in 2002, about a year before his death. After several historical novels, Mrs. Plumb published her first fantasy, The Captain's Witch, in 2009. In 2010, her Middleham Poems on the life of her hero Richard III, which were set to music by Ted Watson, were performed for the first time with The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon.