1) What made you want to write about Queen Victoria’s daughter Louise?
3) Have you seen the movie The Young Victoria? Just curious- it’s one of my favorites!
Oh, yes, I did see The Young Victoria. An amazing film. I'm also a great fan of Downton Abbey, which immediately follows on the Victorian era. Much of what happened during Victoria's reign impacted on the early 20th century. Arguably, the blame for World War I lies with one of Victoria's grandsons, who became the German emperor.
5) What’s one of your favorite things you learned while doing research for your novel? Did you do any travelling for research purposes?
I was amazed by what I learned about Queen Victoria. Here was this woman who was so very powerful, who was the figurehead of a nation for over 60 years. Very independent for her time. Being queen was her career. And yet, she didn't believe that other women should have careers or lives outside of the circle of their family. She thought women should focus only on caring for their children, husband, and home. Louise, obviously, felt differently.
7) I’ve heard that The Wild Princess is the first book in a series- how many books will there be? Can you tell us about the next book?
I'd like to complete the series in three books, each featuring one of the princesses. The next book will be about Beatrice. She was the baby of the family, and she also faced challenges in her life. Her mother expected Beatrice to stay at her side, unmarried for as long as the queen lived--which, of course, in that society, meant she'd remain a virgin, never have a lover, and never have children. Today, it's hard to believe that a mother would demand that of a daughter--total loyalty, denying her a family of her own. But in the 19th century it wasn't that unusual for a parent to expect to retain full control of a "child's" life, particularly a girl's, for as long as the parent lived. Beatrice was cooperative for many years. But then she fell in love with one of the most strikingly handsome men in Europe. And...well, then the fireworks started. I can't wait to finish this second book!
Great having you on the blog today, Mary! Can’t wait to read your upcoming novels.
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