Inspirations

My favorite authors are Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, Jo Beverly, and, naturally, Arthur Conan Doyle. Also Jayne Ann Krentz, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Mary Jo Putney, Judith McNaught, Marsha Canham (her writing is as beautiful as poetry), Laura Kinsale, Elizabeth Hoyt, Carla Kelley, and Shannon Hale among many other fabulous authors. I am adding to this list daily.

My favorite movie is the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. I also love “Meet the Robinsons”, “North and South”, “Larks rise to Candleford”, “The Man Who Knew Too Little”, and, of course, Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot.

Among my non-fiction favorites are:

  1. “How to Be a Victorian” and “Victorian Farm” by Ruth Goodman
  2. “Juan Carlos: Steering Spain from Dictatorship to Democracy” by Paul Preston
  3. “Daughters of Brittania: The Lives and Times of Diplomatic Wives” by Katie Hickman
  4. “Marching to the Drums, a first-hand account of British wars in the 19th century”, edited by Ian Knight.
  5. “The Extraordinary Operatic Adventures of Blanche Arral” by Blanche Arral.

I want to create characters who are not carbon copies of our culture’s mindset (modern characters dropped into period clothes) but who stretch our view. Wade Davis, a noted anthropologist and ethnobotanist, wrote…

“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality.”

“Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”

Among Davis’ many books are The Serpent and the Rainbow (about the process of zombification in Haiti) (1986), Passage of Darkness (1988), One River (1996), and Shadows in the Sun (1998).

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