Potential Period Drama Fodder: Sophia Duleep Singh

It's England, rainy, misty England. We are at Hampton Court Palace outside of London, one of Henry VIII's favorite palaces--but it is clear that we are well past the Tudor Era. In fact, everyone looks like they're in Edwardian garb. There's a brown-skinned woman standing outside Hampton Court Palace, wearing a large hat, next to … Continue reading Potential Period Drama Fodder: Sophia Duleep Singh

5 Things I Learned About Colonial India

My main character, one Miss Victoria Ponsonby-Courtney, was born in India in 1873. Although my story takes place in England and Victoria was sent to England to live at age six, she carries a few memories of her Indian childhood and they help illustrate her insecurity--in herself and her familial and social position. It's not … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned About Colonial India

The Koh-i-Noor Diamond: Britain in the Victorian Age

There I was, clicking away at chapter nine, when I came to a scene where Victoria learns that her cousin/ex-fiance Conrad is going to auction off some pieces of art and jewelry. The proceeds are going to be used to renovate a derelict part of their old England manor, all so Conrad's bride-to-be, the American … Continue reading The Koh-i-Noor Diamond: Britain in the Victorian Age