I’m a writer and history enthusiast, and I combine the two by writing historical fiction. I’m drawn to unique situations in history, especially ones that created rare opportunities and dilemmas for the people of the time period.
My novel of the French Revolution will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2017. The Wardrobe Mistress tells the story of Giselle, one of Marie Antoinette’s wardrobe women who casually spies on the queen during the French Revolution, while torn between her admiration for Marie Antoinette, her involvement with a dashing young patriot, and the growing unrest throughout Paris.
From her position working in Marie Antoinette’s household, Giselle Aubry is poised to see both sides of the revolutionary tensions erupting throughout Paris. When her uncle, a retired member of the secret du roi, a spy ring that worked for the old King, Louis XV, suggests that she take up the family legacy and report the Queen’s actions back to him, she leaps at the chance, seeing it as an adventure and a way to be involved in the revolution. She also enjoys using her insight from Versailles in lively debates with Léon Gauvain, the handsome and idealistic revolutionary who courts her.
The revolution continues to gain momentum, and Giselle grows closer to the Queen, becoming one of the few trusted servants. Understanding the need for change, but pitying the frightened Queen, Giselle finds herself caught between the two irreconcilable sides. As the violence of the revolution escalates, she must choose where her loyalty truly lies, or risk losing everything – maybe even her head.
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