Goodreads asked Daisy Goodwin:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Daisy Goodwin From a jigsaw puzzle! My father gave me a puzzle of the famous Winterhalter portrait of Empress Elizabeth of Austria where she is wearing a spangled tulle ball dress and twenty seven stars in her hair when I was a child revering from a tonsillectomy. The image has stayed with me ever since. And once I started reading about her life I knew I had to put her in a book.

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