There’s nothing quaint about the “bodice ripping” romances that Lauren Willig pens in her popular Pink Carnation books. She infuses her historical love story/espionage mysteries with so much modern wit and character complexity that they transcend worn-out clichés about heaving bosoms.
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New York, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
March 28, 1977
Place of Birth:
B.A., Yale University, 1999; M.A., Harvard University, 2001
Lauren Willig's official web site
|The Deception of the Emerald Ring|
Willig follows up her two earlier engaging romances with a third rollicking historical about British spies and romance in the early 19th century, set against the background of a possible Irish uprising.
|An Author's Advice|
|In our interview, we asked Willig what words of wisdom she'd offer aspiring writers. "I've seen so many people tie themselves into knots, trying to follow the 'rules' of their genre or contort their work to conform to a perceived trend," she reflects. "Write the story you want to tell, in a way that pleases you -- you, after all, are the one living with this plot and these characters for months on end, as you delve into their heads and the messier bits of their lives."|
|An Early Influence||Reading Recommendations|
|A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver|
E. L. Konigsburg
Willig told us that E. L. Konigsburg's classic inspired her at an early age. "My father gave it to me when I was six, and I remember starting it with no great enthusiasm -- medieval characters sitting on clouds? How could that possibly compete with Nancy Drew?" she recalls fondly.
Judith McNaught, Linda Marrow (Editor)
"What's not to love in a book where the heroine catches the hero's attention by talking about Galileo's difficulties with the Inquisition?" Willig observes about another one of her all-time favorite books, Judith McNaught's Almost Heaven. "At last, a heroine who spoke my language! And she had blonde hair and green eyes, just like me…." Read our interview to find out about more of Willig's best-loved books.
|Photo by John Earle||