Victorian Fashion Sketches

Oh, how I love the research stage of writing a historical novel! I’m busy working on Rougemont #3, but I’m ready to take a little break, and I thought you might enjoy seeing the best of late-Victorian fashion in all its excessive, opulent glory.* The unwieldy bell-shaped skirts of the 1840-60s gave way to a […]

Real Life Romantic Heroes

I adore alpha males in fiction. The take-no-prisoners, my-way-or-the-highway, dragon-slayer types. I even cheer when they mess up and land themselves in trouble with the heroines, because it’s true to life, and I like seeing how couples work through conflict. “The course of true love never did run smooth,” and all that. With apologies to Shakespeare, I’d like to […]

I Took Art Lessons To Write My Book

To celebrate the re-release of The King of Threadneedle Street, I’m updating and reposting this article on art and drawing, which I originally ran in April 2013. Thanks for reading! I loved doing research for Book #2 in the Rougemont series, The King of Threadneedle Street. Shameless litte geek that I am, I enjoyed reading about the 19th-century […]

I Took Art Lessons To Write My Book

I loved doing research for my new historical, The King of Threadneedle Street. Shameless litte geek that I am, I enjoyed reading about the 19th-century global economy to write my financial genius hero, Andrew Tilmore. Luckily for you, I’m not blogging about that. I’d like to show you how I wrote my artist character, Alysia Villier. I wanted […]

The Good Old Days Internet Shrine

Way back in 1992 *snickering* when I wrote a term paper on the de Medicis or amoebas or whatever, guess what I spent most of my time doing: A – Doodling my future signature, Mrs. Brain Surgeon, in the margins B – Wrestling with that %@$! dot matrix printer C – Wandering stupidly around the […]