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Bestselling author C.W. Gortner holds an MFA in Writing, with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies. Raised in Spain and half Spanish by birth, he currently lives in Northern California. His books have been translated in over 20 languages to date.

He welcomes readers and is always available for reader group chats. Please visit him at www.cwgortner.com for more information.
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C.W. Gortner Thanks, Serena!
There are many periods of history that fascinate me, but I'd really love to write a book set in ancient Egypt some day; it's always bee…more
Thanks, Serena!
There are many periods of history that fascinate me, but I'd really love to write a book set in ancient Egypt some day; it's always been one of my obsessions.

I think historical fiction remains so popular because it reflects the past to us in ways we can understand. No matter how factually accurate a writer may be, in the end, the historical novel says more about us, while allowing us to experience the drama of history through the prism of our current reality.(less)
C.W. Gortner Thank you so much. Me encanta oir de mis lectores en Espana! Yes, I was raised in southern Spain and my mom is from Madrid, so I'm half-Spanish. I kno…moreThank you so much. Me encanta oir de mis lectores en Espana! Yes, I was raised in southern Spain and my mom is from Madrid, so I'm half-Spanish. I know this world very well. I think Isabel is uniquely Spanish in her character and that can be challenging for some readers; she had that emotional complexity and, at times, rigidity in her way of thinking. She's not easily pigeonholed: she had both the darkness we carry in our blood, as well as the stamina and courage. Como decimos, era tremenda!

I research intensely for each of my books, using a combination of primary sources (documents from the era, letters, etc.) and secondary sources (biographies, historical accounts) as well as on-site research, which involves traveling to each of the places I write about. For this book, I took three separate trips to Spain, visiting Castilla and Andalucia.

I've seen the first season of "Isabel" and loved it. It's gorgeous. I haven't caught up with the second season yet; I have to watch it online on the computer and it can strain my eyes, but I'm very excited to see more.

Muchas gracias por escribirme, de corazon!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! :) LET'S MAKE IT FULL OF SUCCESS, JOY AND GOOD BOOKS!


message 6: by Ani

Ani I just finished reading The Queen's Vow and it was amazing! I thought you did an incredible job of capturing Isabel's spirit. Thank you for such an exciting and delightful read!


message 5: by C.W.

C.W. Great picture! There is a very similar bust of her in Antigua, Guatemala, too. Queen gets around :)


message 4: by Ana

Ana Hi C.W.! I was strolling through Old San Juan (Puerto Rico) and stumbled upon this bust of Isabel de Castilla. Thought you'd appreciate the picture... :)

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message 3: by C.W.

C.W. Mr Puddy wrote: "C.W. As far as I read your books. I love it all. You made all characters are so real ! Having fresh and Blood ! Thank you to write all good books."

Thank you very much. I'm honored.


Mr Puddy C.W. As far as I read your books. I love it all. You made all characters are so real ! Having fresh and Blood ! Thank you to write all good books.


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