The Writing Girls
The Writing Girls romance series features four intrepid heroines who scandalously write for a newspaper in Regency England–and the dukes and rakes who love them. Perfect for fans of Regency romance novels with daring, unconventional heroines and devastatingly handsome and dashing heroes.
Who are the
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 and sparks a major scandal with a notorious rake.
- Eliza Fielding is often in disguise and undercover, penning expose stories most notably in The Tattooed Duke.
- Annabelle Swift doles out advice in the column “Dear Annabelle” and pines away for The London Weekly‘s dashing publisher, Derek Knightly in Seducing Mr. Knightly.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Which order should I read the Writing Girls books in?
Each Writing Girl novel is written to stand alone, but if you are the sort of reader who must, simply must, read a series in order, take note:
- A Groom of One’s Own
- A Tale of Two Lovers
- The Tattooed Duke
- Seducing Mr. Knightly
- Three Schemes and a Scandal
- 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 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.
Behind the scenes stories
- Who’s Who In The Writing Girl World
- Who’s Who At The London Weekly
- Books That Inspired The Tattooed Duke
- When Fact And Fiction Collide: True Stories Behind The Tattooed Duke
Peruse an issue of The London Weekly
This particular issue is a mash up of fictional stories and real content from real 19th century newspapers.
Use The London Weekly in your novel!
Seriously. I’d like to invite all authors, aspiring or published, to have their characters read The London Weekly. Why? Because seeing connections between stories delights me as a reader. Just make sure to credit the original in an acknowledgments section or footnotes.