Renegade Muse


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[1] Posted by laura kinsale on 01.08.2010

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[2] Posted by Ruth Setton on 01.15.2010

Laura—I absolutely love this. Wish I had my own EK & CharlesR to brainstorm with…. It actually sounded a lot like my inner monologues when I’m discussing the story with my self, arguing, making myself laugh, frustrating myself with obstacles & roadblocks, trying to avoid chaos but plunging right into it, characters taking shape as I draw them in (erasing, shading, adding…), driving my story off the road like a drunken coachman, bribing servants (helpers, threshold guardians, friends of the hero & heroine) to do what the hell they’re supposed to do, but them never listening & me in the end sitting in a heap grinning & reaching for my pen.
This also gives me hope. Your books are so gorgeously plotted, layer upon layer, twist after turn, complications & textures expertly interwoven, as intricate as a magic illusion… that it’s a sigh of relief to see that it doesn’t come that way all planned & wrapped in a bow. It’s also fun to see the Wizard(s) behind the scenes, transforming jumble & panic & the kaleidoscope of ideas & images into what seems so right, as if it could never have been any other way….

[3] Posted by laura kinsale on 01.15.2010

EK and Chas rock. I laugh constantly, and I’m very lucky to have them as friends. I’m going to see if I can talk them into a chat with me and readers some time during this Grand Opening week. 

My husband also helps me plot, and claims he goes away thinking he knows what to expect, then when he reads it, it’s entirely different.  You never can tell!

[4] Posted by Shanna Price on 01.17.2010

You guys are hillarious ... wishes she were a mouse watching from a corner of the room during TEA sessions. I can almost hear sudden voice impressions from Charles ( wink) So…. now I have to see if my Barnes and Noble has it because now I have to HAVE TO go read it!! I just finished re-reading one of yours now I will have fresh musings. And after seeing the awesome job on the site I almost want to have someone make me one for my art! Congratulations it is absolutely breathtaking!

[5] Posted by Louisa Cornell on 01.17.2010

This sounds a lot like my CP and I. We go off on tangents, crack each other up, come up with the wildest things imaginable and then get back to business. It is a crazy process, but hey most of the time it works!

[6] Posted by Rachael Neukirch on 02.18.2010

Dear Laura,
I’ve been a fan since For My Ladies Heart came out, and the local bookseller forced me to read it. Being a Shakespeare devotee, the language was easier to acclimate to than I thought.  That book remains my favorite, but I have treasured each and every one of your books since.  This one also, it is a gem.  Thanks for coming back to publishing, I’ve really missed your books.
P.S. I have been a fan of teas for 20 years, What a great Love.

[7] Posted by laura kinsale on 02.18.2010

Thank you Rachel!  I think I’ll have a cup of tea right now!

[8] Posted by A R on 03.29.2011

Dear Laura,

The first book of yours I read was “Flowers In A Storm” and it still haunts me, but I couldn’t make myself read all the way through the stuff above.  Guess I’ll just go and try to write something I like enough not to ignore it after I write it.

Thanks anyway.


[9] Posted by Margaret on 07.04.2011

Totally fascinating!  I’m curious about how much writing do you do with the door open (by which I mean exploring ideas with other people like this) versus door shut?  This looks like a fun approach!

[10] Posted by laura kinsale on 07.05.2011

That’s a good question, Margaret.  Basically I write until I get stuck, then I thrash around a lot on my own, and when that fails, I go looking for EK, Chas and/or my DH and then we all flail around until somebody hits something I think I can use. ;)  It’s all pretty darned unpredictable.

[11] Posted by shantal on 04.17.2016

I JUST discovered you and read Flowers from the Storm in three orgiastic reading sessions. Wow, what a fabulous book! A romance with Euclid in it. . .

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of your oeuvre and am going to have to force myself to do it slooooowwwwwlllly.

Thanks for the beautifully written book!