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Historygasm: Letter to Martha Jefferson Randolph from Marie Jacinthe de Botidoux - Mon, 17 Mar 2014
The wonderful Megan Brett did me and my co-author a solid last weekend and went to UVA to help us find a letter in which one of Patsy Jefferson’s suitors is mentioned. One William Short. I started to get excited when I saw this. Then the hairs on my nape started to rise when I saw [...]

Why I Write What I Do - Mon, 17 Mar 2014
I usually shy away from talking about my writing process (except on Facebook or when I’m teaching a class) because it seems self-indulgent. But many thanks to the bright and shiny Christy English for reminding me that readers want to know, and for asking me a few questions about my writing. 1) What am I [...]

Would Cleopatra Selene Really Have Considered Herself Egyptian? - Mon, 03 Mar 2014
One of the criticisms most often leveled at my Nile series is that because the Ptolemaic Dynasty considered itself Macedonian Greek, the emphasis I place on Egyptian culture–and Cleopatra Selene’s awareness of it–is somehow historically inaccurate or anachronistic. I believe this criticism is made primarily by people who correctly understand that Cleopatra the Great, Selene’s mother, [...]

Facial Reconstruction of Cleopatra, Marcus Antonius, Augustus and More - Tue, 18 Feb 2014
Ok, I just love these videos and could watch them all day, so I’m sharing them with you now.  

10 Tips for Aspiring Historical Fiction Authors - Fri, 14 Feb 2014
I’m mostly unqualified to be giving career tips–better to ask someone who has had a long and storied historical fiction career like Margaret George, Bernard Cornwall, Diana Gabaldon, Wilbur Smith, Philippa Gregory, etcetera. But the request comes up frequently enough that I’ve gotten it in my head to write down a few humble scribbles. Enterprising [...]

Historical Fiction Lovers Unite! - Mon, 27 Jan 2014
On January 30th, from 12pm EST to 10pm EST, an impressive roster of historical fiction authors and bloggers are hosting a Facebook party in honor of historical fiction, the 2,023rd anniversary of the Ara Pacis, and the release of Stephanie Dray’s newest book, Daughters of the Nile: A novel of Cleopatra’s Daughter. Readers can win free [...]

75% off Kate Quinn’s The Serpent and the Pearl! - Tue, 21 Jan 2014
I’m so excited for this New Year sale on the book that started the series. The Serpent and the Pearl is now, for a limited time only, on sale for all e-readers for only $2.99. This first book in the series is on sale in support of sequel The Lion and the Rose, just released in [...]

At Long Last, Kate Quinn’s The Lion and The Rose is here! - Tue, 07 Jan 2014
So, you probably think you know what to expect from historical fiction set in the Borgia period. You’re expecting a heavy, dry, and possibly even overwrought tome of religiosity and wickedness. And normally, you’d be right. But Kate Quinn turns these expectations on their heads to give us a fun and irreverent romp through Borgia [...]