Extras: The Inside Take
This is where I tell you interesting connections between characters as well as cool historical facts that you might enjoy. But do be aware that these are written for people who have already read each book; the outcome of the books are no secret. Please do not read any of The Inside Take posts if you're wary of knowing who is paired with whom!
After Much Ado was published, a reader named Ashley pointed out that Lucius Felton and Lucius Malfoy, from the Harry Potter series, seem quite similar in their overall appearance, “snake-like” qualities, and the fact that they both carry canes. She also noted that the actor who plays Lucius’s son, Draco, in the movies is named Tom Felton. […]Read More →
I’m the kind of writer who can’t seem to think in terms of one book: I invariably design a world that takes up three or four books. This leads to a virtual web of connections between my books. So what I offer below is something of a family tree, a way of chasing the characters […]Read More →
The Ugly Duchess is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling—but that fairy tale wasn’t published until several years after the date of this novel. My excuse is that I’m operating in fairy tale time. I may not give my characters magic wands, but I claim the right to weave my own improbable illusions. The […]Read More →
The Duke is Mine is structured around the fairy tale of The Princess and the Pea. I started off writing the story happily enough (I love the scene when Olivia arrives in the middle of the night), but I quickly ran into trouble with that pea. How on earth was I going to maneuver Olivia in a room […]Read More →
If you’ve never seen the Fox T.V. show, House, M.D., then you are missing a treat. It was while watching Hugh Laurie’s brilliant performance as an irascible, egotistical doctor that I started wondering what it would be like to be a doctor back in the 1800s—with just that same amount of self-assured arrogance. A bit […]Read More →