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Nancy Bilyeau

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in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
April 07

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Nancy is a writer and magazine editor who has worked as an editor at "Rolling Stone," "InStyle," and "Good Housekeeping."

Her new historical novel is "Dreamland," set in 1911 New York City and telling the story of a rebellious heiress who escapes from her over protective family to experience the delights of Coney IIsland--but there are dangers too. The novel has received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal.

In December 2019 Nancy published a novella set in old New York: "The Ghost of Madison Avenue," telling a mystery set in the private library of JP Morgan that is earning positive reader reviews.

Nancy is the author of "The Blue," a novel of suspense set in the art and porcelain worlds of 18th century Europe featuring
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"The Beach Scene": Women of Coney Island in Art

Some authors use music, others gather photographs, and still others turn to paintings for inspiration for their novels. I soak up ideas and images from all of the above. When it came to my latest novel Dreamland, I studied not only the turn-of-the-century photographs of Coney Island and Manhattan but also some intriguing--and somewhat disturbing--paintings and illustrations.

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“When a burning is announced, the taverns off Smithfield Square order extra barrels of ale, but when the person to be executed is a woman and one of noble birth, the ale comes by the cartload.”
Nancy Bilyeau, The Crown

“Ambrose Stanton has reached the far shore of Character, and the land is called Pomposity.”
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“It wasn’t until the twelfth century that blue found a place on artists’ palettes, when they began to create it through grinding up certain stones. Every Madonna in a medieval painting wore blue robes, every stained glass window contained blue. It’s as if all men decided, at once, that blue was the color of…” I mull the right word… “the divine.”
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Lucinda Dear Nancy.
I would like to thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads. I look forward to reading some of your work, which really apeals to me as i love this genre.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


Kimberly Thank you for adding me as a friend Nancy!


message 6: by Peg

Peg Brantley Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, Nancy.


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


message 4: by Nancy

Nancy Bilyeau Thank you, Barbara!! Let's pray that people buy it. :)


Barbara Sachs Kudos, Nancy! I saw your "Oprah" review. I'm so happy talent is appreciated
and "The Crown" will have the wide audience it deserves.
Barbara


message 2: by Nancy

Nancy Bilyeau Doug wrote: "First time to see your cover. Wow! S&S did a great job!"

Thanks Doug. Yes I am very very happy with the cover. When it is completely ready, I will share with everyone!


message 1: by Doug

Doug Solter First time to see your cover. Wow! S&S did a great job!


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