Fed Ex just delivered copies of the Broadway trade paperback of The King’s Mistress. Out this coming Tuesday, 24 May! My editor’s handwritten note ended “Here’s to a whole new life for her!” Whole new life. Fresh look. That’s what appeals to me in… Continue Reading “Questioning Reputations”
I love the idea of sharing a blog with you, Emma. Now to see how the reality feels. First, an update on my appearance at Bouchercon in San Francisco this coming week–my panel is at 3:00 pm Friday: BITTER WINE Writing historical crime fiction.… Continue Reading “Getting Real With History in Novels”
“In the original Greek sense of the word, they [novels] are fantasies—‘a making visible.’ They put before us things that cannot be seen in life: other hearts, other minds….” This is what intrigues me about setting real historical figures in motion—fathoming their hearts and minds. What did they yearn for? What moved them to act? How did they feel about those around them? Whom did they trust? Whom did they fear?
My work on Alice Perrers, a woman much reviled since the 14th century, has inspired a fascination with reputations—or, more specifically, why we give them such credence. We limit our understanding of the world when we base our opinions on reputations rather than ferreting… Continue Reading “Reputation”