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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen 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 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 Hi, Jennifer! For Pink Carnation withdrawal, I recommend taking one dose of the Anthony Andrews "Scarlet Pimpernel" with a side of ginger biscuits.

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Hi, Jennifer! For Pink Carnation withdrawal, I recommend taking one dose of the Anthony Andrews "Scarlet Pimpernel" with a side of ginger biscuits.

Thank you!! I'm so happy you've enjoyed the Pink books so!

Anyway, in answer to your question, if the planets were ever in alignment, I would love love love to write two more Pink books (one about Kat and Tommy, one about Lizzy and Nicolas). I've also been toying with two different spin-off ideas: a Georgian-set mystery series featuring Lord and Lady Uppington in their riotous youth, or a 1940s-set mystery/spy series about Arabella Selwick-Alderley.

Whether any of these will ever happen, goodness only knows....(less)
Lauren Willig Hi, Zoe! Lizzie's story is percolating.... I do want to give her a book, but I haven't quite figured out what form her book would take yet.
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“Patience is only a virtue when there is something worth waiting for.”
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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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“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 Jazz

Jazz Feylynn Lauren, thanks for accepting my friends request :D


message 19: 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 18: 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 17: 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 16: 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 15: 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 12: by anieva

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


message 11: 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 10: 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. :)


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 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 - It's only a Paper Moon 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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