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Where have I been?

Where have I been? When we arrived in San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) over five months ago, I went on a blogging spree. I was inspired, in part, by the refreshing wonder of fast internet. A month later, I stopped writing blog posts, getting down to...
From: Baroque Explorations on 15 Apr 2019

Champagne and beignets: launching The Shadow Queen into San Miguel de Allende’s next Big Read

I’ve been quite busy this last month preparing for an event launching The Shadow Queen as San Miguel de Allende’s Big Read. (See my recent blog post about it here.) I wasn’t going to be able to be at the event myself,* but I worked...
From: Baroque Explorations on 19 Jan 2019

Music of the Baroque Period

The Baroque era in music generally spans 1600 to 1750. Mistress of the Sun and The Shadow Queen fall in what is called the “High Baroque” period (1650-1700), when French music rose to one of the peaks of its own unique expressive...
From: Baroque Explorations on 17 Dec 2018

The ins and outs & ups and downs of public speaking

I’ve been combing through old blog posts, preparing for The Big Read in San Miguel de Allende of The Shadow Queen this coming January. For one, I need to have my website in order, especially the posts that relate to that novel. I also need to refresh...
From: Baroque Explorations on 3 Dec 2018

What do beignets, a film and The Shadow Queen have in common?

This is an exciting winter for me. Not only will I be giving a keynote at the San Miguel Writers Conference in February, but my novel The Shadow Queen has been chosen as “The Big Read.” What this means is that readers all over San Miguel will...
From: Baroque Explorations on 27 Nov 2018

The evolution of The Game of Hope

On November 2, 2011 (the day before my birthday), my agent, Jackie Kaiser, called to tell me that I’d been made a very tempting offer by Penguin to write two YA novels. One was to be about Josephine’s daughter Hortense, and the second was...
From: Baroque Explorations on 10 Apr 2018

A Question Readers Often Ask: What’s next?

Readers often ask, “What’s next?” The answer to that question depends on when the question is asked, of course. What follows is an evolving diary, begun many, many years ago. A reader wrote some time ago: Are you going to write more...
From: Baroque Explorations on 1 Apr 2018

Who is the Shadow Queen?

{Portrait of Claude des Oeillets} The main character of my novel The Shadow Queen is Claude des Oeillets (dit Claudette), an impoverished young woman from the world of the theater. Socially scorned and denounced by the church, she lives on the fringes...
From: Baroque Explorations on 31 Mar 2018

>>>Why the title THE SHADOW QUEEN?

A significant number of early reviewers of my new novel THE SHADOW QUEEN have expressed displeasure with the title; they feel it is misleading. They expected the novel to be the story of the Sun King’s official mistress, Athénaïs, Madame...
From: Baroque Explorations on 30 Mar 2018

Draft 8: check. Drafts 9, 10, 11: yet to come. On my painfully slow revision process

Yesterday was a big day for me: I woke at 4:00am, and shortly before 8:00am I emailed my manuscript to my editor and agent. It was Friday 13. I am not superstitious, but that did give me pause. Some writers are able to write a...
From: Baroque Explorations on 14 Jan 2017

Sorting your literary archives (otherwise known as paper clutter)

At nine this morning there were 13 people in our house, all talking and going about their business. Many of them had showed up at 8:00. We’re having our house painted, some people were here to scope out photo ops (for what, I don’t know),...
From: Baroque Explorations on 16 Apr 2015

All hail The Shadow Queen!

Today, in Canada, a simply gorgeous paperback edition of The Shadow Queen is out! Frankly, it’s hard to settle down to work. It’s tough being so far away (we’re in Mexico still). I’ve yet to even get my hands on it. Procrastination...
From: Baroque Explorations on 7 Apr 2015

New covers for The Shadow Queen and a suitcase of research books

  Tra la! Here’s The Shadow Queen cover for the U.S. Anchor paperback edition, coming out in January: It’s almost identical to the hardcover cover, which pleases me very much, since it is so very striking, my favourite cover ever. I am...
From: Baroque Explorations on 8 Nov 2014

Travel-lag, research-lag, To-Do-List-lag

Update! We’re back from a trip to London and Paris—I’ve a lot to absorb! No wonder I feel so “lagged” (not just jet-lagged). Today I began the read/edit of the 4th draft of The Game of Hope. I always think I can whip through...
From: Baroque Explorations on 7 Oct 2014

How to approach a writer for a review or testimonial of your book

I often receive email pitches from publicists, asking for a testimonial—a “blurb”—or offering to send me a book to review or mention on this blog. (My little blog!) Recently, there were two on the same day. One was a model of a successful...
From: Baroque Explorations on 6 Sep 2014

Happy 376th Birthday Louis XIV!

The birth of Louis XIV, the Sun King, was an occasion of great celebrating in France. He was called the “God-Given,” because Queen Anne had prayed fervently for a child after suffering several miscarriages and many years of marriage. Here...
From: Baroque Explorations on 5 Sep 2014

The cat sat on … the dog’s mat

I’ve not been blogging very much, mostly because I’m crashing through a 3rd draft of The Game of Hope, the working title of my YA novel about Hortense de Beauharnais. But I’ve also been slow to blog because WordPress.org has been...
From: Baroque Explorations on 25 Jul 2014

A historically dressed-up book club gives thumbs up to “Mistress of the Sun”

Tami Grondines, one of the Chapters/Indigo employees who gave editorial feedback on an early draft of The Shadow Queen, reported to HarperCollins Canada that Mistress of the Sun was “very well received” by her book club, and that it scored...
From: Baroque Explorations on 12 May 2014

Reviews and cross-writing: not what you think

I’ve just made summary of links to some on-line reviews of The Shadow Queen. Have a peek.  Additionally, there are wonderful reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Here is a quote from one review I like very much, by “Curtis” (otherwise known...
From: Baroque Explorations on 11 May 2014

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