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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen 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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Lauren Willig Thanks so much! Usually, I start with what I think of as the big "what if"? For example, with the first Pink book, "what if a dashing spy suddenly…moreThanks so much! Usually, I start with what I think of as the big "what if"? For example, with the first Pink book, "what if a dashing spy suddenly found himself confronted with a young woman determined to help him?" The what if can be character driven-- what if a certain type of character finds herself in a certain type of situation, how would she react?-- or it can be fueled by a historical event that catches my imagination. In the current book, the big what if is "what if mad Queen Maria of Portugal was spirited away by loyalists before the royal family sailed to Brazil-- and both the French and the English were trying to find her?" Once I have that big picture question, then it becomes a matter of lots of little questions. Okay, the mad queen is missing-- how would the Pink Carnation set about finding her? What kind of questions would she ask? How would she feel about having to team up with the agent on the ground, Jack Reid, who has the local knowledge and language skills she lacks? And it goes on from there, with that first big idea proliferating into thousands of little ideas. I generally have a broad idea of where I want the story to go, but it always develops and changes as I write it. It's not a very tidy process... but it does keep it interesting!(less)
Lauren Willig We know him as Napoleon because, in 1804, he crowned himself Napoleon I, Emperor of the French. So we modern folks think of him as Napoleon, the same…moreWe know him as Napoleon because, in 1804, he crowned himself Napoleon I, Emperor of the French. So we modern folks think of him as Napoleon, the same way we would think of any monarch by his or her first name. But for most of his earlier career, he was General Bonaparte. (Or Buonaparte, to give the name the Corsican spelling before he gallicized it.) His enemies, in particular, would have continued to think of him as "Bonaparte", not crediting him with his self-styled title. Continuing to call him Bonaparte, or "Boney", was partly habit, but also a way of keeping him in his place.

As an extra wrinkle on the Bonaparte front, his wife, Josephine, always made a point of calling him "Bonaparte" at home, an aristocratic affectation (the upper classes tended to refer to each other familiarly by last name, or title, rather than given names). So he would have been "Napoleon" to his siblings and mother, but "Bonaparte" to his wife.(less)
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“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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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


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 - Drop Dead Cute 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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