Monthly Archives: February 2016

Childhood baggage

Okay, this isn’t a post about dire happenings from my youth. I had a happy childhood–apart from an unrequited affection for Mr. Rabbit and the terrible discovery that, unlike Samantha, I couldn’t just twitch my nose and Make Things Happen. … Continue reading

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Searching for research

Today I’m doing a request post. Writer pal Alyssa asked the following about my research methods: “Do you read through first, take notes as you go along? Are you looking for specific things before you start (like filling out a … Continue reading

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Let them eat cake!

That title phrase has long been associated with Marie Antoinette although the truth is that she never said any such thing. (A remark of a long-dead French princess was revived and put into her mouth to indicate her lack of … Continue reading

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Pondering fictional mothers–and the lack of

Many moons ago, I had a question from a reader with regard to Lady Julia’s lack of a mother. It made for a good post topic, so I’m revisiting. Last month a reader—whose name I have shamefully forgotten—asked me why … Continue reading

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Something yummy

I hope the weather is splendid where you are–we’ve got a low of twelve Fahrenheit in the forecast this weekend, and that calls for perfect roast chicken. I didn’t think there was such a thing. Roast chicken is roast chicken, … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on historical accuracy

So I was puttering through my archives, tidying things away, and I discovered a mini-rant on the subject of historical authenticity. One of the things people–me included–love to do when a new TV series or book appears is rip into … Continue reading

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Well, happy February!

Goodness me, but January was productive. I finished rewriting A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING and turned it in to my editor–thank heaven! And I’m even more grateful that she loved it. She gave me some fantastic notes when I turned it in, … Continue reading

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