Christine Trent and A Royal Likeness

Welcome back my friend Christine Trent with her second release, A ROYAL LIKENESS, the sequel to her terrific historical debut, THE QUEEN’S DOLLMAKER.

“Trent allows readers into a crafts-women’s life to see women at work in a man’s world triumphing to find love and fame, meanwhile interjecting actual personages and historical facts into the story. It’s a great way to learn history.”–RT Book Reviews

“The detail in this story is so mesmerizing both with the wax figures and the battles. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a thrill-seeking adventure with a damsel in distress sort of feel. I can’t wait to see what Christine has in store for us next!”–All Things Historical

Christine will give away a signed copy of A ROYAL LIKENESS to one lucky commenter chosen at random.

Welcome back to Risky Regencies, Christine. Tell us about A ROYAL LIKENESS.
I’m very excited about this sequel to THE QUEEN’S DOLLMAKER. In the first novel, we leave off with Marguerite Ashby as the heir apparent to the famous Laurent Fashion Dolls business. But when Marguerite’s husband is killed during a riot, the young widow travels to Edinburgh and becomes apprentice to her old friend, Marie Tussaud, who has established a wax exhibition. When Prime Minister William Pitt commissions a
wax figure of Admiral Nelson, Marguerite becomes immersed in a dangerous adventure – and earns the admiration of two very different men. And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon, Marguerite will find her loyalties under fire from all sides.

How easy (or difficult) was it to fit Marguerite’s story to the real historical events?
What made this novel pure joy to write was the way historical events fit so seamlessly into my story. Madame Tussaud started her travels in England in 1802, just three years before Napoleon’s humiliating defeat at Trafalgar, so it was easy to trace Marguerite’s adventures from Tussaud’s arrival on English shores, to Trafalgar, to the continuing intrigues with and against the French and Spanish governments.

What is risky about this book?
I took a risk in A ROYAL LIKENESS by incorporating a great naval battle, Trafalgar, in a way that, I believe, is appealing for the female romantic historical fiction reader. So, of course, although there are cannons exploding, crude surgery being performed, and the stench and filth that accompany every battle, the heroine manages to find romance in the middle of it all!

Did you come across any interesting research while writing this book?
Did I ever! I could have written volumes on the history of waxworking: how wax figures were already being made in ancient times, the success women enjoyed in this field, and how a waxworks exhibition was much like yesterday’s People© magazine. That research led into many other sorts of “sideshow attractions” of the time, such as geggy performances and Phantasmagorias, none of which I knew about before, but which all of you can read about in A ROYAL LIKENESS.

What is next for you?
My next book, tentatively titled THE PRINCE’S PAVILION, about a cloth merchant named Annabelle Stirling, should be released in early 2012. Thanks to her patron and great architect, John Nash, Belle Stirling is a rising star in the homes of London’s fashionable elite. Even the prince regent wants her elegant, high quality fabrics used in the decoration of his new palace, Brighton Pavilion. But when those closest to her conspire against Parliament, she risks losing her reputation, her business. . .and even her life.

I hope readers will be as fascinated as I was by details of early 19th century cloth manufacture, the Luddite riots, and other conspiracies of Regency England.

My fourth novel will be encompass another unusual profession, this time a dark and mysterious one set in Victorian England. And that’s all the detail I’m giving for now!

That’s enough to intrigue me!
Ask Christine anything about A ROYAL LIKENESS. Do you like lots of historical fact in your fiction? Let Christine know. Comment for a chance to win a copy of A ROYAL LIKENESS.

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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21 Responses to Christine Trent and A Royal Likeness

  1. What a delightful interview! I love how there is a bit of everything in A Royal Likeness; the reader is in want of nothing but for it not to end! Wonderful news about her next book, THE PRINCE’S PAVILION.

  2. Maureen says:

    Congratulations on the new book! History was not my favorite subject when I was young but I do enjoy reading historical fiction that incorporates historical facts in it. I find that it is much more interesting when there is a story and not just dry facts.

  3. Diane Gaston says:

    Welcome back, Christine!

    And welcome to Svea! How nice to have you here.

    Maureen, I agree with you. I learned to love history by reading historical fiction, too!

  4. Linda says:

    Great interview, and believe it or not I’ll be looking forward to reading about the battle. Other novels I’ve read recently have covered battles, and I’ve been surprised to learn that I can enjoy such scenes. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Svea, thank you for your kind words. Hope you’ll also enjoy THE PRINCE’S PAVILION.

    Maureen, I’m with you. It was reading historical fiction that made me appreciate “real” history so much more.

    Linda, thank you! I, too, have been surprised by how much I can enjoy a battle scene that doesn’t go too overboard on the gore, and I’m glad to know there are other female readers out there who are discovering the same thing!

  6. Diana Quincy says:

    I look forward to reading your new book. All of your novels seem so interesting and original. I love a strong “history” element in any historical romance that I read.

  7. Diana, in this case I would almost say there is a strong romantic element to my historical novel. 🙂

  8. Hi Christine! This book sounds amazing and I loved ‘The Queen’s Dollmaker.” I am constantly in awe of how you weave the history and the fruits of your imagination.

    We’ll have to meet up for lunch again soon! Happy New Year.

  9. Hi Robin, how lovely to see you here. Yes, there should be another tea time in our near future.

  10. Diana Cosby says:

    A Royal Likeness sounds fascinating. I love how you weave history throughout your stories. I always enjoy when an author does that. To me, the historical details give the tale yet another layer of fasination. Take care and I wish you continued success. Happy New Year!

  11. Diana, how wonderful to hear from the author who inspired me to keep going even after all the rejections were piling up. It’s fabulous to watch your career soar.

  12. Diane Gaston says:

    Hey, everybody. We just found out that Christine’s first book, The Queen’s Dollmaker, is a featured free read on Amazon Kindle!!

  13. Diana Cosby says:

    Please know I’m as thrilled as proud for your every success, and I’m on this end cheering each and every one! *Hugs*

  14. dlynnpen says:

    Wonderful interview as always.I am so looking forward reading this book.I hate it when a writer loads a book with facts and dates.Although you use actual facts you weave it into the story that blends and becomes enjoyable to read.’The Queen’s Dollmaker was an awesome read I have to agree.I love the cover also.I hope to read many more of your books.

  15. Kat says:

    I look forward to reading your new book (btw love the cover). I like that it is a different perspective to the regency then the typical historical fiction.

  16. Hi Christine – I love a good historical romance. I learn so much and have a good story to enjoy also! Great interview. Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year!

  17. CarolNWong says:

    History and Literature were always my favorite subjects. The more research that goes into the background the better.
    One of my hobbies genealogical research, the farther that you can go back in time, the more interested you become in history. Would love to read about the naval battle.


  18. librarypat says:

    I am so glad you have chosen to write about women involved in rather unusual professions. We tend to think of women in their usual roles and think it has only been recently that women had success in interesting careers. I’d love to put this one next to THE QUEEN’S DOLLMAKER on my shelf. I am so glad you have at least tow more due out. I hope you have a long and successful career writing books about women we all need to know.

  19. Susan says:

    I couldn’t miss out on this new book because I collect dolls myself, the oldest being from the 1860’s for a seamstress to model her wares on. I no longer can afford originals but was fortunate to purchase four addition reproductions as Christmas presents to myself. I have been fasinated by earlier art of doll-making that you are covering to fit into your story line. Good luck with this new book in the new year.

  20. dlynnpen – I hope you find both THE QUEEN’S DOLLMAKER and A ROYAL LIKENESS to contain lots of facts, but not in a lecturing sort of way. 🙂

    Kat – no dances at the Assembly Rooms in this book!

    Hi Debra – nice to see you here. Thanks for visiting!

  21. Carol – genealogy is definitely time-intensive. I started doing my own genealogy and had to quit because I was no longer working on my book!

    librarypat – I really appreciate your support. You’ve been a keen follower since my first book, and I’m grateful to you.

    Susan – your 1860’s fashion doll sounds amazing. So few of those exist anymore.

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