I am a writer of historical fiction set in sixteenth century France. An avid reader who fell in love with all things French at the age of twelve, I went on to earn a Ph.D in French literature. After years of studying the craft of fiction, I decided to write a novel of my own. My stories grow from my research and my desire to make Renaissance Europe come alive for modern readers. I share my enthusiasm for this fascinating era at my blog, Writing the Renaissance.
I have one completed manuscript set in the printing shops and literary salons of mid-sixteenth century Lyon, and am hard at work on a second novel set at François I’s dazzling court at Fontainebleau in 1539. I am represented by Stephanie Cabot of The Gernert Company.
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A year ago, I published this review of Ann Weisgarber's luminous novel, THE PROMISE, released today in trade paperback from Skyhorse Publishing. Every word of this short novel rings true and resonates deeply. Ann's insightful and compassionate take on human weakness and courage inspired me as a reader; her masterful…
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MADEMOISELLE CHANEL by C. W. GortnerWilliam Morrow/HarperCollins, March 2015384 pagesISBN: 978-0062356406What happens when an author known for his convincing, dramatically compelling depictions of the sixteenth century tries his hand at the twentieth? He does a superb job! C. W. Gortner, who has penned vivid fictional portraits of Juana la Loca,…