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.
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor, recording fiction for authors such as Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit maryrobinettekowal.com. @MaryRobinette.
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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.
One of the tricky things about writing Catherine is that she’s not a native English speaker - and whether that broken language is considered charming or not relates directly to imperialism and who used to rule the world.
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.
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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.
This weekend (July 7-10), Quincy, Massachusetts will be taken over by authors, writers, and creators for ReaderCon, the conference on imaginative literature - and eight Serial Boxers will be there!
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.
Changes at court reflect the nation’s own transformation as new faces and sleeping arrangements upset the status quo.