When I visit museums, I seek out the works of sculptors and painters I enjoy. Rodin has always been a favorite of mine, though I admittedly knew little about the artist or his life. When my friend Heather Webb announced that she was writing a historical novel about Rodin’s lover, Camille Claudel, I didn’t want to admit that I had never heard Camille’s name. When I saw the lovely sculptures Camille produced – works which rival (and in some cases, surpass) those created by Rodin and the other male masters of their age — it made me wonder how this talented woman fell so far intoRead more
Other Ships, Rising Tides, and Josephine
Almost everyone has heard the expression, “a rising tide floats all ships” – and assuming your ship isn’t full of holes, it’s true. The expression applies with equal force to publishing, and has special meaning where authors are concerned. Because authors have the power to raise the tide. Not just bestselling authors, either. Every single one of us – and in the weeks to come I’m going to write on this topic more than a little. (If you’re not an author, don’t worry – a lot of my advice will apply to other life situations too.) Many times, when an authorRead more
Happy Release Day, JOSEPHINE!
Today marks the release of BECOMING JOSEPHINE, a fabulous debut novel by Heather Webb. BECOMING JOSEPHINE tells the story of Rose Tascher – better known to history as Josephine Bonaparte (Napoleon’s first wife). I loved this book for many reasons. I’ll address them in more depth in my review (look for that a week from Friday) but the book is beautifully paced, tightly plotted, and takes a close, personal look at the life of an extraordinary and complicated woman. People know Josephine as “Napoleon’s wife,” and many books on Josephine focus on her years at Napoleon’s side. Heather’s Josephine starts out asRead more