Category: The King’s Mistress

Shop Talk: Out of Stillness, Inspiration

One of the loudest noises when I sit down at my desk is a ticking clock—the one in my head that tells me I have no time for stillness. This sense of not enough time is anathema to creative work, which depends on the… Continue Reading “Shop Talk: Out of Stillness, Inspiration”

Questioning Reputations

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”

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… Continue Reading “Writing Women’s Lives”

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… Continue Reading “Writing Women's Lives”

Getting Real With History in Novels

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”