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I’m a life-long history buff and I really wish time travel were a possibility—I’d be off to the eighteenth century in a flash!

Since I can’t travel back in time (yet), I have done plenty of global travel: as a child I lived in England, Canada, Argentina, and Lesotho, and attended eight schools in three languages. I continued my global wanderings with a career in international development, but now I’m settled in Toronto and loving it.

The Sisters of Versailles is my first novel, though I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil. When I’m not writing I’m reading, reading, reading; disappearing down various rabbit holes of historical research, and playing lots of tennis.

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Sally Christie Hi Elizabeth,
Glad you’re enjoying the book! There’s relatively little written about the Mailly Nesle sisters so not all the details could be based on…more
Hi Elizabeth,
Glad you’re enjoying the book! There’s relatively little written about the Mailly Nesle sisters so not all the details could be based on fact. Twinkles and Bijou – no – they would have had endearments for each other, but we don’t know what they were. Only the King’s nickname for Marie Anne is based on contemporary sources (there’s a lot more information about her than about the other sisters).

I tried wherever possible to work in those little details that were known, for example Tante really was doing renovations on her Paris house in the 1730s; someone really did call Pauline a green monkey; the King really did dress as a Bat (cute!) at a masked ball, etc, etc.

Family tree... I found a great PDF of a Mailly family tree that shows clearly the relationship between the sisters and Louise’s husband and Tante, etc. I’ll put a link on my website - thanks for the idea.

Enjoy the rest!
Sally
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Sally Christie THE RIVALS OF VERSAILLES! Coming out early next year. After relatively chaste beginnings with the Mailly Nesle sisters (note the word relatively!), Lo…moreTHE RIVALS OF VERSAILLES! Coming out early next year. After relatively chaste beginnings with the Mailly Nesle sisters (note the word relatively!), Louis XV continued on his womanizing ways... RIVALS is centered around the Marquise de Pompadour, but also includes stories from a selection of her rivals - it's been really fun writing it, especially the contrast between how Pompadour sees herself, and how others view her. (less)
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