White Tea In The Gourmet Ghetto

My latest novel, Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies takes place in a diverse area of big and little treasures to entice your stomach and your heart. Today, I’m sampling white tea. I take my husband to his dance … Continued

Margaret of the North, Victorian Feminist Romance

Margaret of the North, the first novel I published, is a historical novel. It’s a sequel to Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, a much loved classic, at least in its form as a BBC miniseries. Why write a sequel? I … Continued

Feminism in Victorian Novels: Gaskell’s North and South

Feminism in Victorian Novels? Impossible. Not when the status of women places them just a bit above spoiled children. But I found Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South and realized I was wrong. I had never heard of her until a … Continued

Victorian Women: Variations in Margaret of the North

Maybe in jest, Gaskell once said that she could title her fourth novel (North and South) “Variations on Death.” Five people die in her novel in ways fitting to the characters. I could have used a comparable title for my … Continued

Bohemian Artists, Mid-1800s

Bohemian. You’ve heard that word before. You may even know someone who’s been called a Bohemian. Usually that someone is rather unconventional and carefree. Quite likely, she’s also an artist or maybe, a writer. A place called Bohemia does exist. … Continued

John and Margaret Honeymoon in Mid-1800s Paris

Paris plays a crucial role in Margaret of the North. There, John and Margaret honeymoon in mid-1800s Paris: They gawked, dumbfounded but with great interest, at the spectacle of a city undergoing massive renovation. Debris from the demolition of old … Continued

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