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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her "Pink Carnation" series of Napoleonic-set novels. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

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Pamela, thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

I did, once upon a time, toy with the idea of trying to untangle the stories and having the historicals all historical and the Colin and Eloise all together-- but I came to the conclusion that while the historical books would probably stand on their own, the Eloise and Colin chapters were too dependent on the historical story to read smoothly by themselves. So much of those chapters deal with what Eloise has been reading/discovering that they would be a very choppy read. One of these days, I'd love to write a mystery novel featuring Colin and Eloise-- but that would be a totally new, separate book.(less)
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On 21 Juillet, The Deception of the Emerald Ring will be making its debut en français! You can find it under the title L’Imposture de l’Alliance Émeraude.


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When I got the news, I did some counting on my fingers and it dawned on me that, as of a few months from now, it will be ten years since Emerald Ring was first published in the U.S.


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“Patience is only a virtue when there is something worth waiting for.”
Lauren Willig, The Masque of the Black Tulip

“Whether I like it or not, most of my images of what various historical periods feel, smell, or sound like were acquired well before I set foot in any history class. They came from Margaret Mitchell, from Anya Seton, from M.M. Kaye, and a host of other authors, in their crackly plastic library bindings. Whether historians acknowledge it or not, scholarly history’s illegitimate cousin, the historical novel, plays a profound role in shaping widely held conceptions of historical realities.”
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“Old books exert a strange fascination for me -- their smell, their feel, their history; wondering who might have owned them, how they lived, what they felt.”
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message 20: by Jessica

Jessica I have really enjoyed reading your books. I just finished The Deception of the Emerald Ring and thought it was great fun.


message 19: by Lauren

Lauren Willig Thanks, Sophia! I'm so glad you enjoyed "Garden Intrigue."

I hope you have a very happy New Year!

All best,
Lauren


message 18: by Sophia

Sophia Hi Lauren!

I love historical mystery books and enjoyed one of your books, The Garden Intrigue to introduce me to your writing.

Happy New Year and I wish you well in your writing this year.
Sophia


message 17: by Lauren

Lauren Willig Hi, Mary! Sadly, that's a decision that's out of my hands. The two little things I self-published ("Two L" and "Ivy & Intrigue") are both sharing enabled, so feel free to pass those around!


message 16: by Mary

Mary I have read a lot of your books - mostly on my kindle. I would like to share them but your publisher doesn't want your kindle books to be shared :( It would be a great way to get more people reading your books!


Jennifer Williams Thanks for accepting my friend request. You are my favorite author! Love all your books, and can't wait for more :)


Michelle Hey Lauren~ Thanks for the friend acceptance!! Love, Love, LOVE all your books~ was seriously hooked from the very first one! Can't wait for the Garden Intrigue to come out!


message 13: by anieva

anieva Thanks for accepting my friend request! Nice to find you on Good Reads. I enjoy your blog, too.


message 12: by Lauren

Lauren Willig Didi wrote: "Thanks for accepting Lauren! Started reading your The Secret History of the Pink Carnation earlier this year & got hooked already. I'm on [book:The Temptation of the Night Jasmine|11..."

Huzzah! I'm so glad you're enjoying the books!


message 11: by Didi

Didi Thanks for accepting Lauren! Started reading your The Secret History of the Pink Carnation earlier this year & got hooked already. I'm on The Temptation of the Night Jasmine now. :)


message 10: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Lauren! :)


Jessica cannot wait for the next book!!!!


Lauren Willig Brooke wrote: "I discovered your books last year and once I started I was totally hooked. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful voice! Are you writing anything new?"

Thanks, Brooke! There are two new books coming out this year-- "Mischief of the Mistletoe" in October and "Orchid Affair" in January. Right now, I'm working on the ninth in the series, which is about Augustus Whittlesby, the crazy poet.


Brooke I discovered your books last year and once I started I was totally hooked. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful voice! Are you writing anything new?


Brooke I discovered your books last year and once I started I was totally hooked. Thanks so much for your wonderful voice! Are you writing anything new?


Ashley S. Thank you for adding me


Elizabeth I just finished Betrayal of the Blood Lily, and it was absolutely amazing. I loved Pen and Alex! I'm excited to see Lizzy in the next book.


Lauren Willig Thanks, CJ! I'm so happy that you like Heyer-- I keep dithering back and forth on which my favorite Heyer is. It changes every year!

CJ wrote: "I just want to say that I love your books and it's because of your recommendations that I started reading Georgette Heyer. I really like her now!

Thanks!"





CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right I just want to say that I love your books and it's because of your recommendations that I started reading Georgette Heyer. I really like her now!

Thanks!


Jessica Hi Ms. Willig, thank you for the friend acceptance!


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