Category: The Hero’s Wife

The Order of Whose Garter? (II)

I skirted the issue of the garter in the first draft of the manuscript, though it’s such an integral part of Edward III’s court in the middle of the 14th century. Fence straddling doesn’t lend itself to passionate, engaging characters, so as I await…

The Hero's Wife–draft delivered

Just before midnight 7 July I emailed a complete draft of The Hero’s Wife to my editor at Crown.  Hurrah! Though I laugh at friends who say, Wow! It’s finished. It’s far from “finished”, but I’ve followed the story through, and come to a…

The Hero’s Wife–draft delivered

Just before midnight 7 July I emailed a complete draft of The Hero’s Wife to my editor at Crown.  Hurrah! Though I laugh at friends who say, Wow! It’s finished. It’s far from “finished”, but I’ve followed the story through, and come to a…

Writing Women’s Lives

Toward the beginning of her recent biography of Cleopatra*, Stacy Schiff  comments on how little specific information about Cleopatra is extant. What did she look like? “Only her coin portraits–issued in her lifetime, and which she likely approved–can be accepted as authentic.” Most of…

Writing Women's Lives

Toward the beginning of her recent biography of Cleopatra*, Stacy Schiff  comments on how little specific information about Cleopatra is extant. What did she look like? “Only her coin portraits–issued in her lifetime, and which she likely approved–can be accepted as authentic.” Most of…