I am happy to share the news that at long last I am seriously at work writing the sequel to Ravenscraig. This story is settling into the world of art forgery and starts in 1914.
For me, fiction writing starts with serious research and for this novel, I have been learning about the exclusive world of art collectors, dealers and auctioneers. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get to such a a fascinating field of study. Rife with scandal, and steeped in tradition, the art world makes for delicious reading. Please feel free to share your reccomendations.
There is nothing quick about my approach to writing a novel, so I am not ready to say when this book might be available. I can tell you that I am at my happiest on days like this when I can wander through history, and in this case luxury to see where the story goes.
So as not to spoil the fun for the readers who have not yet finished Ravenscraig, I will tell you only that the new novel opens in Monte Carlo just before the Great War. Gambling, luxurious living, and the particular challenges of the world of the fine art market set the path for the new adventures of some familiar characters and some new friends who join the fun.
Like Ravenscraig, the new book will be based on historical truths and will be driven by the appalling yet frequently charming behavior of my favorite imaginary friends.
From time to time I will share some of the images I find inspiring, like these of the Monte Carlo Casino and the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, from a fantastic website on all things fashionable called Zsazsabellagio.
I have a small favor to ask: If you have finished Ravenscraig, please don’t spoil the fun and tell anyone about the ending! I recently gave a talk for a large group and one dear lady couldn’t help but stand up and blurt out some information that should not have been revealed. Ugh. No spoilers please!