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How to Treat Your Writing Like a Six Figure Business
by Tal Valante (Above Right)
What excerpt of the book was the most emotional for you to write? The hardest scenes in Médicis Daughter were set during the bloody and horrible St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in Paris—an appalling act of inhumanity in which thousands perished. Although it was part of the Wars of Religion and largely a slaughter of Protestants by Catholics—some individuals used it as an excuse to settle personal grudges and even murder family members with whom they had contested inheritances. Children and babies were not spared. Many victims were thrown into the river and at some places you could cross the Seine on the bodies of the dead without wetting your feet.
One of the facts that kept haunting me from my research into the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre was that Catholic children threw Protestant babies into the Seine river when told to do so by their parents. Imagine that. It is no coincidence then that the dedication to Médicis Daughter reads as follows:
The Sister Queens (NAL/Berkley): this novel delves into the complicated and compelling bond between sisters—in this case Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence, 13th century queens of the competing kingdoms of France and England.
by Karen Hugg