I thought I’d give you a little update on my writing progress and my plans for the Georgian series as it takes shape. I’ve been working on my novel of George IV, A Forbidden Crown, for some time now. It’s come to the stage where I’ve decided it needs to be put aside for a few months to give me a fresh perspective. Ultimately, I think I will be splitting it into two separate novels: one telling the story of Maria Fitzherbert, the other following Caroline of Brunswick and Charlotte of Wales. This will give me adequate space to do these fascinating women justice and also give the novels a better pace. The problem with history is that it rarely follows the arcs you need for novel, especially when you are combining timelines! I still fully intend to write about George IV’s women so don’t panic – it just might be a little longer in coming.
In the meantime, I’m going to concern myself with Caroline of Ansbach and Henrietta Howard. These two women have swamped my imagination for so long now, I simply have to let them free on the page. I’m attending many talks and day trips with Historical Royal Palaces this year, most of which revolve around the court of George II. Coupled with that, I will be appearing on PBS this summer talking about Queen Caroline and her family at Hampton Court. It just seems so silly to put off this book when it’s what my heart wants to write. The story has everything: friendship, seduction, rivalry, women’s struggles in a man’s world, impossible husbands, damaged parent/child relationships . . . I’m still furiously thinking up a title – I’ll let you know when I have it.
I will soon be blogging about my visit to Henrietta’s house Marble Hill so keep your eyes peeled for more information about this truly remarkable lady. That reminds me: I also want to look into my family history. My mother was a Howard from Norfolk, just like Henrietta’s husband. I’d love it if I could find a link, however tenuous!