One of my favorite books is Jane Eyre, and one of my favorite lines in it comes when Jane confronts Rochester, who has been playing merry hob with her emotions: "Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, that I am soulless and heartless?" The answer, of course, is absolutely not.
Barbara Samuel (also known as Barbara O’Neal) is the bestselling author of more than 40 novels. Her recent titles include The Lost Recipe for Happiness, and How to Bake a Perfect Life, a Target Club Pick. Her books have been translated into many languages, including Polish, Turkish and Chinese, a fact she finds dazzling. She is a two-time Colorado Book Award winner, a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, and a 7-time RITA award winner. She is also regular blogger at Writer Unboxed, and teaches writing around the world—anywhere they’ll have her. BarbaraSamuel.com. @barbaraoneal.
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Even amidst the swirl of court intrigue, the residents of Whitehall keep their eyes on the prize–and the throne.
The best part of writing historical fiction is the happy accidents that always, always arise. At the start, the work of bringing the past alive begins with world-building—who was there and where did they live and how did they dress and what was on the table. In Whitehall, that world is the Restoration, and it’s a juicy era no matter what angle you examine it from.
A delegation from Muscovy sets Whitehall awhirl with ambassadors from the East and their exotic gifts. But while Catherine seeks solace in her faith, others find comfort in more recklessly carnal pleasures.
When it comes to the theater, sometimes the audience holds more drama than the stage.
Whitehall is almost back from hiatus and we are celebrating by sharing with you some exquisite illustrations done by the amazingly talented Kristin Kwan! Feast your eyes on these drawings of Catherine, Barbara, Charles and more.
All of our Serial Box serials have such dynamic casts that we thought it was high time we got to know some of them a bit more personally. To that end, we are very excited to kick off a new feature here on The Back of The Box: Meet the Character!
Has Whitehall whet your appetite for more historical fiction about British royals? Check out this round-up of the best historical fiction set in period England!
The cutting room floor: a place of wonders only writers and editors can wander - and now you! Behold this deleted scene from Episode 2 of Whitehall, shared with us more generously by "Skilled Artifice" writer Mary Robinette Kowal.
So, as you may have heard, our historical drama, WHITEHALL, is on hiatus until July 13th. The serial will be back soon, and full of the drama, romance, and mystery you’ve loved in the first five episodes. But what’s a royal reader to do during this wait? Here are a few suggestions.
Meet Barbara Samuel and her wonderful crew of writing personas: the Girls in the Basement.
Changes at court reflect the nation’s own transformation as new faces and sleeping arrangements upset the status quo.