Works at writing historical fiction. Internationally-published (The Josephine B. Trilogy, Mistress of the Sun), blogger (http://bit.ly/TheWritingLife), Netnerd and all-round compulsive historical researcher, currently working to finish The Next Novel.
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I begin a novel by writing a plot. This doesn’t mean listing actions, but tracing the characters emotional arcs as well. The two are intertwined. I don’t go into detail: I simply describe a scene in a sentence or two. Even so, it comes to 40 pages, and I…
I begin a novel by writing a plot. This doesn't mean listing actions, but tracing the characters emotional arcs as well. The two are intertwined.
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writing historical fiction. Internationally-published (The Josephine B. Trilogy, Mistress of the Sun), blogger (http://bit.ly/TheWritingLife), Netnerd and all-round compulsive historical researcher, currently working to finish The Next Novel.
Berkeley, California - San Francisco, California - Belmont, California - Chicago - Miami - Nain, Labrador, Canada - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Killaloe Station, Ontario, Canada - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - Rio de Janero, Brasil
The first three, TheJosephine B. Trilogy, areinternationally
best-selling novels about Josephine Bonaparte, now published in 17 countries (last time I checked). Over a million copies sold, the Trilogy goes through entire
families like a flu.
My most recent novel, Mistress of the Sun, was deemed “dangerously seductive"—a review quote I love.
It too made bestseller lists and is presently published in 9 countries.
Fascinated by the junction of historical fact and fiction, I am
writing another novel set in 17th century France, this one about the
cut-throat theatre wars of the period—Corneille! Racine! Molière! (Yes: I'm
overwhelmed with research.) Naturally this novel
also involves yet another of the Sun King's lovers as well as a witch.
Something of a Net junkie, I blog, tweet, tumblr and now, Google Plus.