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Thank you to Romance University

This is probably a post that is aimed more towards writers of all levels than readers, but Romance University have some great posts that might be of interest on writing craft. I’ve written today about setting and the romantic novel and I hope you enjoy having a look around this site as much as I… Read more

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Italian Delis in San Francisco

In The House By The Lake, Anna is the proud owner of the Italian Cafe in Chestnut Street. San Fransisco has quite a history associated with its Italian delis and Anna is a keen perpetrator of the city’s long standing traditions. Once, San Francisco was known as ‘delicatessan heaven,’ but now, there are only a… Read more

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Life in 1930s Germany

I find every aspect of writing a novel most enjoyable, but carrying out research is an especially pleasing part of my work. When researching The House By The Lake, I became utterly drawn into life in 1930’s Germany. Of course, for the majority of the population, things were simply tough. The great depression, the fallout… Read more

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Giovanni Boldini and the Belle Époque

Giovanni Boldini painted Marthe de Florian at the age of twenty-four in 1888. He was described in a 1933 article in Time Magazine as the “master of swish.” The painting of Marthe de Florian certainly involves a certain amount of ‘swish.’ But who was Boldini? You could be forgiven for not having heard of him-… Read more

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Parisian Courtesans

Les Courtesans were celebrities during Paris’ Belle Époque. Their taste dictated fashion, they were the ultimate Parisian women and yet they were the trophy companions of powerful men. Courtesans held great power themselves, and yet, in many ways they did not. The duality of their role was extraordinary- these were les demimondaines, the courtesans of… Read more

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Isabelle de Florian

Creating characters is an odd thing. For me, it is intuitive and not intellectual at all. Something needs to resonate between me and a character, and then they begin to form themselves into something quite real in my head. After writing Paris Time Capsule, my fictional character Isabelle de Florian stayed with me- I wanted… Read more

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