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Susanne Alleyn
The granddaughter of children's author Lillie V. Albrecht (author of _Deborah Remembers_, _The Spinning Wheel Secret_, and three other historicals), Susanne Alleyn definitely doesn't write for children, unless, like her, they have found guillotines, high drama, and the French Revolution... show more



The granddaughter of children's author Lillie V. Albrecht (author of _Deborah Remembers_, _The Spinning Wheel Secret_, and three other historicals), Susanne Alleyn definitely doesn't write for children, unless, like her, they have found guillotines, high drama, and the French Revolution fascinating since the age of ten or so.After studying acting and singing, and earning a B.F.A. in theater from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Susanne eventually came to the conclusion that, as an actor, she was quite a good writer, and that looking for an agent or publisher was still easier on the nerves than going to auditions. (She can, nevertheless, still sing a high C when requested.) Having been unwholesomely fascinated by the French Revolution since, at age 9, she read the Classics Illustrated comic-book version of _A Tale of Two Cities_, she set out to write about it. Her debut novel, _A Far Better Rest_, a reimagining of _A Tale of Two Cities_ from the point of view of Sydney Carton, was published in 2000. Her latest book is _The Annotated A Tale of Two Cities_, a heavily annotated edition of the novel for the student or curious reader.Though a longtime fan, she had never considered writing mysteries, however, until she suddenly found herself creating a historical mystery plot suggested by an actual series of murders committed in Paris in the early 1800s. Police agent Aristide Ravel made his first appearance in _Game of Patience_ (2006) and returned in _A Treasury of Regrets_ (2007), both set in Paris in the Directoire period of 1796-97. Prequels _The Cavalier of the Apocalypse_ and _Palace of Justice_, the third and fourth mysteries in the series, followed in 2009 and 2010. Susanne intends to cover the entire Revolutionary period in future Aristide Ravel novels.Her sixth historical novel, _The Executioner's Heir_, is the first of two (non-mystery) novels about real-life Charles Sanson, eighteenth-century executioner of Paris, who has a small featured role, at a much later period of his life, in the Ravel novel _Palace of Justice_. She is currently working on the sequel to _The Executioner's Heir_, but she promises to write more Ravel novels when Charles Sanson's story is at last out of her system.In a foray into nonfiction, Susanne's book _Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders_ (2012), a writer's guide to avoiding errors and anachronisms in historical fiction, was written during a burst of exasperation over "historical" authors who under-research and give us medieval peasants eating potatoes (which are from South America) or Victorian heroines who think and talk like Valley Girls.Susanne lives in New York State. Visit her temporary author website at http://spyderwortpress.webs.com/susanne-alleyn (a new one is soon to come!) and learn more about her publishing imprint, Spyderwort Press, at http://spyderwortpress.webs.com/ .

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YouKneeK
YouKneeK rated it 6 months ago
Ramblings about the Book People who follow me may have seen me mention my intent to fit one non-SF&F classic per quarter into my heavily SF&F-based reading diet. A Tale of Two Cities was my classic reading selection for the second quarter. Last time, I chose an author and book that was completely ...
Tannat
Tannat rated it 1 year ago
This was a fun and informative read about things that historical fiction writers frequently get wrong. The author points out some major blunders (without naming names) made in some of the historical fiction she’s read and even admits to a few of her own. It’s basically just an overview but things l...
Elentarri's Book Blog
Elentarri's Book Blog rated it 3 years ago
Funny and informative. Something every writer or aspiring writer of historical fiction should read.
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud rated it 3 years ago
New Review! A FAR BETTER REST, based on the parts of A TALE OF TWO CITIES that Dickens couldn't be arsed to write about because, well, he was Dickens. http://tinyurl.com/o9xf6nt It's an excellent historical novel of Ancien Regime France for Bastille Day! AND IT'S ONLY $2.99 ON YOUR KINDLE!!
deborahmarkus7
deborahmarkus7 rated it 4 years ago
What a terrific book. You don't have to be a writer or a history buff to enjoy it. If you are a writer or a history buff (or both), for heaven’s sake, read this. Even if your writing isn’t historical in nature. Heck, you might be inspired to tackle historical writing after reading this. That sense ...
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