Category: The King’s Mistress

Happily Ever After

I’ve been quiet, I know. My husband and I are caught up in providing hospice care to our fragile elder kitty, Agrippa, who is dying of congestive heart failure. He’s having more frequent crashes, panting for breath, his heart hammering. My husband and I… Continue Reading “Happily Ever After”

Discovery, or Gently Unraveling Knots

I gently unravel the knots, patiently picking at glimpses of the women in the historical record, teasing out each event or mention, giving each some air, some space. And then I lay the freed thread next to the others, searching for the original pattern.… Continue Reading “Discovery, or Gently Unraveling Knots”

More Post Kalamazoo

Since the round table in celebration of Mark Ormrod’s Edward III (Yale, 2011), I’ve been rereading sections of the book with fresh eyes and mind. I first read it as I was rewriting Rebel Pawn, clearly reading the parts that might change my mind… Continue Reading “More Post Kalamazoo”

Shop Talk: Character-Driven

Character-driven: it’s a phrase that’s become so common in reviews and articles about publishing that it’s in danger of becoming a cliche–perhaps it already has. But I live with the reality of a character-driven career. I am haunted, teased, cajoled, intrigued, scolded by my… Continue Reading “Shop Talk: Character-Driven”

The King's Mistress–part of a lovely review

I discovered a lovely review of The King’s Mistress on Aimee Krenz’s blog Naked Pages ( last week. Of course I love it because it’s so positive, but even better she spoke to the heart of some of the aspects I hold most dear,… Continue Reading “The King's Mistress–part of a lovely review”