Hello Mr Gortner, first I have to say that I really like your books. Till now I've read your novel about Isabella of Castile and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici; I really like your style so here is my question;
Did you ever consider to write about a male monarch, like Ludwig II king of Bavaria? Or Frederick the Great, king of Prussia? I would really love to see that kind of story :D
I have considering writing about a male monarch, not those mentioned here (though great ideas). Unfortunately, it's tough to interest a publisher in a biographical novel about a male monarch unless he's really well known (think Henry VIII). Studies show that almost 96% of historical fiction readers are women, excluding historical battle / Roman legion-type fiction, and so it's a challenge to get a publisher excited about a male lead character for a historical novel. Hopefully, this will change soon, and I can write about some of men, too.