Meet India Hartley

Last week, I shared my vision of my next hero, Philip SInclair. Today it’s his leading lady’s turn. My fictional character  India Hartley is based on Frances Ann “Fanny” Kemble– a real life  19th century stage actress who married a Georgia plantation owner in the 1830’s. Fanny was described as beautiful, talented and so popular that students at Harvard cut classes to attend her performances at theaters in Boston.

MV5BNzgwMDk1NTUxMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTQxODY4Mg@@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_Theater life back then was a hard life marked by uncomfortable travel, bad food, unscrupulous managers and other hardships. I needed a heroine who was not only beautiful and talented but smart and tenacious, too. When I saw this photo of Willa Holland, formerly the most popular child model in the US, she looked very much as I imagined India as I was writing her story.

I hope you will look for India and Philip next year. For now, I’m gearing up for the release of A PROPER MARRIAGE next Tuesday, and for THE BRACELET in November. Exciting times ahead. I feel  lucky to be able to work at what I love–bringing the past to life through stories filled with history, mystery, and romance.