Sunday, August 22, 2010


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.


  1. How lovely to have things turn out this way!

    On a smaller similar note, I've just moved back to my hometown. It is amazing to stand in my childhood library and bookstore, realizing I'll have a book in both places next September.

  2. That is awesome! What a compliment.

  3. Congrats Priya! That is an incredible moment... think of it as passing the baton on to the next IT GIRL :) Congrats again.

  4. Aisle B just made me think of this, and it gave me chills: Some day a young girl who grew up reading YOUR books will be posting on her blog about how thrilled she is that YOU have written a blurb for HER first novel!!!

  5. That is absolutely amazing!! Congrats Priya :)

  6. Ooooh, yay! That's great Priya! So excited for you! It's all happening! :)

  7. kathy, i am thrilled!

    caroline starr rose, there is something about knowing that it is going into your local bookstore that makes it so real. congratulations!!!!!!!

    whitney, you are such a sweetie! i love the new photo!

    aisle b, that is such a lovely lovely idea. if it would be any use to them at all i would love to help writers the way wonderful writers helped me!

    kals, than you! thank you! you are so lovely!

    leanna, thank you! it makes it all so much more fun to be able to go through it all with all of you!

  8. ditto ditto ditto! to everyone's comments. :) i love this post priya, because it illuminates a lot for me, not being a historical fiction writer or reader, myself. i always love to hear why someone finds fascinating the genres they do. hooray!

  9. I confess I have always nursed a soft spot for tricky Dick - a deformed curmudgeon to some, but a heartbreaking tormented soul to me. I was fortunate to see a Bell Shakespeare Company production of Richard III when I was an undergraduate, and it has always stayed with me.

    And Priya, this is so fantastic -Aisle B and Kathy are right, it's a really gorgeous, gracious changing of the guard. What a welcome!


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