Sophie Perinot

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Sophie Perinot writes historical fiction. Her debut novel, The Sister Queens, (NAL/Penguin) was set in 13th century France and England. The Sister Queens weaves the captivating story of medieval sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence, who both became queens – their lifelong friendship, their rivalry, and their reigns.

Perinot's novel, Medicis Daughter , (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin) is set three-hundred years later--at intrigue-riven 16th century French Valois court. Medicis Daughter spins the tale of beautiful princess Marguerite who walks the knife edge between the demands of her serpentine mother, Catherine de Medicis, and those of her own conscience.

Her Ribbons of Scarlet (William Morrow) is a collaborative work with authors Kate Q
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Sophie Perinot Sorry for the delayed response. I am OBVIOUSLY no techo-whiz because I somehow just discovered your question (and several others) today.

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Sorry for the delayed response. I am OBVIOUSLY no techo-whiz because I somehow just discovered your question (and several others) today.

Personally I would be delighted to return to Valois France in the future but in the short run I am focused on other projects :) Best, Sophie(less)
Sophie Perinot I always have feelers out. When I am researching one book I quite often find ideas for another—for example, THE SISTER QUEENS arose out of a footnote …moreI always have feelers out. When I am researching one book I quite often find ideas for another—for example, THE SISTER QUEENS arose out of a footnote in a book on Notre Dame during some research on a 16th century project. My current wip was sparked by a song, a song so striking that my young son and I had to pull off the road to finish listening. I am gut driven. I need what I like to call a genesis moment. (less)
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Cunning, Cruelty and Things that Go Bump in the Night ;)

So, I've gotten into making book videos. And I wanted to share my 2018 Halloween Edition trailer for MEDICIS DAUGHTER . . . It's premise is simple: if you are looking for a dark read this wicked time of year, Médicis Daughter has cunning, cruelty, bloodshed, betrayal & plenty of things that go bump in the night.

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Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


Sophie Sarah wrote: "I love the cover of the sister queens! very pretty."

Thanks! I'd love to take credit for it (and NAL is really good about asking for author input) but that really belongs to the awesome Art department at NAL


Sarah  (sarahandherbookshelves) I love the cover of the sister queens! very pretty.


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