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"I never met with anybody who delighted me so much. Such a countenance, such manners! and so extremely accomplished for her age! Her performance on the pianoforte is exquisite." Not to mention she writes a lovely blog called Miss Georgiana Darcy ("c" was correct!), and has asked to host me for a small interview at said site. As both Miss Darcy (a.k.a. Maria Elisabeth) and I had extremely busy schedules, this interview had to be pushed a day forward. But it wasn't too much of a bother to do so, and now that we are all settled, won't you drop in and join us for some tea and petit fours? We've been discussing Violets Are Blue and writing in general, as I'm sure you guessed, but there are several new questions added to the mix that even I haven't seen before . . .
Writing Violets Are Blue, did you ever feel the temptation to ignore historical facts? Did you ever wish that you didn't have to write the story of the Titanic just as it happened?
Oh yes, many a time. In fact, there were several scenes where I felt I could have written with much more fluidity if I wasn't constantly dragged down by historical facts. Historical fiction can be very difficult, and there are times when I wonder why I ever chose it. But I love stories from ages past: they make the blood that courses through my veins flow red-hot, and they excite me to capture the truth about history on paper. No matter how many times I throw my pen down in disgust and claim I'll never write historical fiction again, I always seem to turn back to it.