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Madeleine E. Robins

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Writing gives Madeleine Robins the chance to focus on many of her ruling passions: cities, history, swordplay, the history of disease, and the future of mankind–with a side order of historical costuming and infrastructure (urban plumbing is far more interesting than you’d think).

Born in New York City, the Author has been, in no particular order, a nanny, a teacher, an actor and stage-combatant, an administrator, a comic book editor, a baker, typist-clerk for Thos. Cook’s Houses of Parliament office, a repairer-of-hurt-books, an editorial consultant, and a writer. She holds a degree in Theatre Studies from Connecticut College, and attended the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop in 1981. She is a founding member of Book View Cafe (http://bookvi
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Madeleine E. Robins I am in the middle of the fourth book (and already being distracted by ideas for a fifth). A big helping of Life (younger kid going to college, a job…moreI am in the middle of the fourth book (and already being distracted by ideas for a fifth). A big helping of Life (younger kid going to college, a job layoff in the house, older kid finishing college) has made my writing time scarcer, but I'm working on it. Thanks for asking!(less)
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Madeleine E. Robins You wouldn't believe how much sleep I lose over this! In fact, the impediments to their getting together have nothing to do with social class--Miss…moreYou wouldn't believe how much sleep I lose over this! In fact, the impediments to their getting together have nothing to do with social class--Miss Tolerance is, whatever has happened to her, a gentleman's daughter, and Sir Walter is a gentleman (there was a far larger gap between Miss Tolerance and the Earl of Versellion).

The problem, really, lies in Sarah's own neuroses about her Fall, and her growing sense that she really likes her job, despite its danger and sometime sadness. She feels--deeply--something that wouldn't bother most of us these days: a profound sense of being damaged goods because of her past. She feels that marrying (and she's not going to be happy with anything less than marriage, anymore) would debase the reputation of a man she married; if she loves someone, how could she do that? And she may be able to get past that...she's principled, but not fanatical.

The larger issue is her status as a working woman in a field that would cause conflict of interest if she married a magistrate. There really were no models for working out this kind of dilemma in 1811. A woman of her social class (gentleman's daughter, remember?) rarely worked outside of marriage; the kinds of work she might do (painting, writing) were unlikely to be affected by what her husband does, and vice versa. But for a PI (which is pretty much what Sarah is) to marry a cop (which is sort of what Sir Walter is) causes all sorts of conflicts, as Sir Walter points out in The Sleeping Partner. Plus, I have some things planned for Miss T which would make such a marriage even more complicated...

Me, I want them to have a happily ever after. I'm not planning on introducing any other potential love interest. I just need to find a way--and a series of experiences that pave the way--that convinces me it would overwhelm Sarah's objections.

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