Extras: The Inside Take

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!

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Inside Storming The Castle

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 […]

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Inside The Ugly Duchess

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 […]

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Inside The Duke is Mine

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 […]

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Inside When Beauty Tamed the Beast

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 […]

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Inside A Kiss at Midnight

A Kiss at Midnight is based on the fairy story, “Cinderella.” My father, the poet Robert Bly, was always fascinated by fairy tales, and finally wrote the book Iron John (a rewriting of the fairy tale, “Iron John”), so in a sense it’s a family business. When my dad was working out the ideas behind […]

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