The Writing Girls Romance Series

 

The Writing Girls romance novels feature four intrepid heroines who scandalously write for a newspaper in Regency England–and the dukes and rakes who love them. For fans of daring, unconventional heroines and devastatingly handsome and dashing heroes.



 

WHO ARE THE WRITING GIRLS?

They are four fearless gals who buck conventions and defy expectations to write for Regency London’s most popular newspaper, The London Weekly. And they are…

  • Sophie Harlow writes Miss Harlow’s Marriage In High Life  and lands a “double duke” in A Groom Of One’s Own...after having been jilted at the altar!
  • Lady Julianna Somerset pens the gossip column Fashionable Intelligence as the Lady Of Distinction in A Tale of Two Lovers. Lud, does she spark some scandals!
  • Eliza Fielding is often in disguise and undercover, penning expose stories most notably in The Tattooed Duke.
  • Annabelle Swift doles out advice and pines away for The London Weekly‘s dashing publisher, Derek Knightly in Seducing Mr. Knightly. 

 



 

WRITING GIRL SERIES FAQ’S

Should one read them in a particular order? 

It depends if one is particular! While the Writing Girl books feature the same cast of characters, I’ve written each book to stand alone. The only spoiler: they get married and live happily ever after.
 

Which Writing Girl novel should I read first?

The one that sounds most appealing to  you! Or if you want to start at the very beginning, try A Groom of One’s Own.
 

Are the Writing Girls real?

Nothing like them actually existed in the Regency Era. However, at that time and earlier women were active in publishing. Mary de la Riviere Manley was the editor and founder of The Female Tatler (1709), and later of The Examiner (1711). Eliza Haywood launched The Female Spectator, the first magazine created by women, specifically for women in 1744. Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson, a printer, published the first Sunday paper, The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor in 1779. La Belle Assemblee, a Regency era women’s fashion periodical, employed women. Furthermore, virtually all articles in newspapers and periodicals were published anonymously, so who’s to say there weren’t women writing?
 

What research did you do?

Lots! To start, I spent eight weeks in London as part of a graduate school program. Not only did I get to soak up the atmosphere of London and visit a dizzying number of museums, I also spent hours in The British Library, particularly focusing on reading actual 19th century newspapers. I also relied on my favorite Regency research books and some true stories and characters from history.
 

Was The London Weekly a real newspaper? 

The London Weekly is totally made up (and it’s named after one of my favorite magazines, Us Weekly). It’s based on real 19th century newspapers like John Bull or The Age—very gossipy weekly papers—or, more contemporarily, the New York Post. Sophie’s column is based up one called Marriage In High Life that appeared in The Illustrated London News in 1842.   In graduate school, I spent a lot of time researching early 19th century newspapers (Research was highly enjoyable, except for the small font sizes) and for one class, I created an issue of The London Weekly combining actual news stories and some fictional tidbits from The Writing Girl novels.



 

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AUTHOR’S NOTE

 

The writing girls were an idea so nice I thought it twice!

I had long entertained the thought of setting a romance series around a newspaper. It seemed ripe for drama, tension, and gossip. Mainly, I liked the idea of a dashing editor—smart, business saavy, ruthless, gorgeous. The fast and frantic pace of a printers, and the scratch of quill on paper, meetings in coffeehouses, scandalous front page stories.

While I was living in London, I was searching for some new stories. Who were the heroines of a newspaper romance? Writers, secretaries, gently bred young ladies? Who were their heroes? What they heck was an 1820’s newspaper like?

It all came together in my head during long walks around town, as I “woolgathered”, soaked up the atmosphere and did some research. And then I sat down to write my proposal for The Writing Girl Romance Series.

And when that was finished, I cleaned out my files and found scraps of paper from a few years earlier. I had written notes in the Dallas airport on the way home from RWA nationals…London Weekly, gossip columnists…

Honestly, I had quite forgotten! I took it as a sign that these four uppity gals were meant to be.