Some of us who write historical fiction will freely admit we love the research just as much (sometimes more) than the writing. We often exchange stories about how we fall down the rabbit hole of research, immersing ourselves in some arcane bit of knowledge and following clue after clue, until we realize we've spent a whole day in pleasurable, if mostly irrelevant activity. Happens all the time. So follow along with me as I wend my way down the multidinous corridors of my latest rabbit hole.
In my upcoming steamy Regency called Enchanting Aurora, Blake Kingsley, our hero, has a villa on the Thames River in Twickenham, an escape from central London. Where did I learn that many leading figures in the Georgian era had these retreats? Aha! I enter one Rabbit Hole, aka Wikipedia. Soon I was enjoying a website called Experiencing Arcadia where I came upon this delightful painting by Francis Wheatly (1747-1801) entitled The Browne Family, Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), c. 1776, a charming riverside view.
Among Walpole's neighbors were the famous sisters, Misses Mary and Agnes Berry, who viewed Walpole almost as a father-figure. Below, as tweens.
I hope you watch for my spicy story, Enchanting Aurora, to be released around March 1, on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.