My book on Leonardo da Vinci's first portrait (Ginevra de' Benci) comes out in November. Its title DA VINCI'S TIGER comes from the one remaining line of Ginevra's poetry: "I beg your pardon, I am a mountain tiger." Chosen as the Platonic muse of the Venetian ambassador to the court of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Ginevra was smart, witty, and strong, and the inspiration for a Leonardo's first revolutionary painting. Such a colorful time period (the novel begins with a joust and ends with an assassination that really happened) was a fascinating joy to research and write. Right now I am researching a companion book on Simonetta Vespucci, the beauteous woman believed to be the inspiration for Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" and another one on McCarthyism, set in the 1950s.