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Read on to see how it took a whole village to write Priya's debut novel and be sure to check back in March for an interview with Priya Parmar and my review of Exit the Actress!
It Takes a Village… to Write a Novel
So, the ideas. I have come to understand that writers essentially eavesdrop. It is an established truth. I steal bits and pieces and verbs and ribbons and colours and coats and nouns and shoes, and expressions and gestures and quirks and quibbles and moments of being from everywhere. I love the colours in linen catalogues and paint shops. I love strange foibles that seem to present themselves in restaurants, and train carriages, “I must sit next to the window but facing the door.”
Her first historical fiction novel, EXIT THE ACTRESS is being published on February 1, 2011 by Touchstone/Simon and Schuster and she is currently living in London and working on her second, set in WWI. When not researching in the UK, She is at home in Hawaii writing and reading everything and she is always looking for new recommendations!
You can visit Priya at her official website or her blog.
While selling oranges in the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, sweet and sprightly Ellen "Nell" Gwyn impresses the theater’s proprietors with a wit and sparkle that belie her youth and poverty. She quickly earns a place in the company, narrowly avoiding the life of prostitution to which her sister has already succumbed. As her roles evolve from supporting to starring, the scope of her life broadens as well. Soon Ellen is dressed in the finest fashions, charming the theatrical, literary, and royal luminaries of Restoration England. Ellen grows up on the stage, experiencing first love and heartbreak and eventually becoming the mistress of Charles II. Despite his reputation as a libertine, Ellen wholly captures his heart—and he hers—but even the most powerful love isn’t enough to stave off the gossip and bitter court politics that accompany a royal romance.
Telling the story through a collection of vibrant seventeenth-century voices ranging from Ellen’s diary to playbills, letters, gossip columns, and home remedies, Priya Parmar brings to life the story of an endearing and delightful heroine.
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