Sunday, September 20, 2009


We're coming out in Chinese.
'Chinese, Chinese, Chinese,' she sings.
Lord and Spymaster and Spymaster's Lady will be out in Chinese

in a really bitty bitty print run.

If the books were beer, the Chinese run would be a microbrewery.
Largest reading population in the world.
A handful of books.

I am continually impressed by the oddness of reality.


  1. You're coming out in Chinese? (Kinda sounds like a rash or spots put that way, doesn't it?)

    Are the Chinese really big on Regency Romance? I mean anyone should be big on your books because they are so well done, but Regency Romance in China just seems a little...odd. But what would I know about the reading predilections of the masses in China? Nada. Zip. Zilch.

  2. Y'know ... whenever I wander out of my writing den I am confronted by a world full of things I do not know.

    What is the special sauce they put on my hamburger? Do coffee plantations destroy the rain forest or form an integral part of sustainable use? What drives men to get up at the crack of dawn and blow every last leaf off their lawns?

    Do the Chinese read Regency-era Historical Romances? Do they read hard-boiled Detective novels? Proust? Hemingway?

    Maybe there's been a Jane Austen renaissance in Hong Kong.

  3. And everyone knows those microbrews are superior.


  4. Very cool! Send me a copy and I'll read it aloud to you over the phone. :-)

  5. Hi Sherry --

    Oh my, yes. Yes. I would love that.
    I am told they will send me copies.

    And they DID send me copies of the Spanish edition, so that's a good sign.

  6. That brilliant. I'm very happy for you.
    All the very best,

  7. Anonymous9:20 PM

    This is not really about that posting but...
    I finally got a reasonably priced copy of Her Ladyships Companion, and while its definitely not up to the glorious standards of SL and MLAS, I really enjoyed it. And Adrian is already a pretty complete character. Are you going to make his book come after that one, or are you, so to speak, going to develop an alternate universe and have him meet his match at a younger age?

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  9. I'm glad you got a copy of 'Companion'. I'm pleased (and a little surprised) you enjoyed it.

    It was the best work I could do at the time ... but Companion is a fairly average Regency. Very much part of its times.

    I like to think Adrian shows up in that book as himself.

    I've just finished 'Forbidden Rose'. I'm waiting for the copyedits to come back. That should be a week or two from now. When I go over the copyedits, that's really my last work on Forbidden. I will set the paper boat asail in the stream and move on.

    Early in December I'll start writing Adrian's story. I have an outline. I know who his lady is and how he meets her.

    Now I just have to write it. *g*

  10. Anonymous8:11 PM

    There are some glorious bits in it-- the two old ladies at the ball, for example. Those are definitely not your average Regency.
    I'm still curious--will Adrian meet his lady after the time period of Her Ladyships Companion? Or is that a closely held secret?

  11. Would that one could write a story just chock full of minor characters ...
    Alas. One cannot.

    Adrian's story is set just after the action of 'Her Ladyship's Companion'.

    I'll start working on the ADRIAN manuscript in a couple weeks. I'm sorta at the 'dreaming it up' stage.

  12. Hi Simone --

    I think I missed you during one of my many computer glitches.

    (I reeeally have to make time and buy a new computer. It's just that I don't want to let go of XP ...)

    Thank you very much, Simone.