Jeane Westin is our Author in the Spotlight this week! She finds inspiration in her own life for her historical novels. Here's what she has to say about The Spymaster's Daughter:
The most intriguing part of writing historicals to me is what might have been and what should have been. Frances Walsingham Sidney was the daughter of Elizabeth's spymaster and young wife of the wildly popular poet,Sir Philip Sidney, a man famous for writing the most beautiful love sonnets...to another woman. After his death in the Holland war of the 1580's, she married the Earl of Essex, Elizabeth's favorite. Little is known about her inner life, but these few facts intrigued me.
Frances has been most often cast by historians as a shadow behind these men and little worth of note. Since I was once a cryptographer at the Pentagon during wartime, I put myself in Frances' slippers: she must have overheard plotting, been aware of important secrets, seen the supreme urgency of her father's work. It is unimaginable to me that she would not have been caught up in that excitement and wanted to be part of the spy business...just to prove she could. This kernel of an idea became The Spymaster's Daughter.
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