Inside The Lady Most Likely…
Warning! In describing relations between characters, I may wreck a book for you by making it clear who someone marries, or the outcome of a book. Please do not read about The Inside Take if you're wary of knowing who is paired with whom!
- Everybody wants to know how Julia and Connie and I came up with this idea…honestly, I can’t remember exactly. At some point Julia and I realized that it would be great fun to go away together and write a book. We needed to add another writer whose work we not only admired, but whose voice would mesh with ours. We asked Connie, and it was all set!
- The Lady Most Likely was deeply influenced by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In fact, a good part of the epilogue is filched from his depiction of jaundiced aristocrats watching the performance of a truly terrible Pyramus and Thisby. The three of us had a wonderful time writing this section, as we each voiced the sarcastic comments of our own (now paired up) characters.
- Along with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, my particular novella borrows from a creative retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. My Mr. Lear is the ancestor of Stoppard’s morose and very grand Player. (If you haven’t seen the film version of this play, I highly recommend it.)
- It was important to me that an intrinsic part of my heroine’s personality mesh with the hero’s. In short, I didn’t want to simply bring together two beautiful people and have them dance into the sunset. Georgina’s doll-making is, in its own way, as quirky as Hugh’s horse-training. As a couple, they will love, sustain, and understand each other’s interests.