I have been reading historical fiction since my dear friend and now brilliant historical thriller novelist, Leslie (known as 'The Bun' in my family) gave me Sharon Kay Penman's wonderful novel of Richard III, The Sunne in Splendour in high school. It was huge, sweeping, thrilling, precise, dramatic, poetic, and addictive. Richard III ceased to be a grumpy, hunchbacked caricature king who murdered his nephews and then lost his crown on a thorn bush. Instead he morphed into a flawed, logical, understandable human being. I was hooked.
I am an omnivorous fiction eater. I love stories across genre and gender. But when I decided to write, I knew it would be historical fiction. Never ever did I think the author that started it off would read and like my novel but she did! Sharon Kay Penman mentions Exit the Actress in her most recent marvelous blog and has written a wonderful blurb for the back of the book. Her research is meticulously extraordinary and her gift for storytelling knocks me over. I love her books. I am thrilled.