Sunday 21 April 2019

Announcement: My novel is being published!

I’ve been blogging as the Secret Victorianist since 2013, sharing my love of all things nineteenth-century literature and culture. This month I’m delighted to share that a historical novel of my own (set in the Victorian period—of course!) has been acquired by Atria Books, part of Simon & Schuster, for publication in 2020.

Lydia Robinson
What’s the novel about?
Titled Brontë’s Mistress, my novel is based on the true, heretofore untold story of Lydia Robinson and her affair with Branwell Brontë. The novel gives voice to the courageous, flawed, complex woman slandered in Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857) as the ‘wicked’ elder seductress who corrupted the Brontë brother, driving him to an early grave and bringing downfall on the entire Brontë family.

When can I read it?
Stay tuned for the exact date the novel will be available for order and pre-order. But it’ll be in 2020.

How can I get MY novel published?
Every writing career is different, but I’ll be sharing blog posts over the next year about my own writing and publication journey. Topics will include conducting research for historical fiction, writing tools, finding a literary agent and more. If you have any burning questions or topics you’d love me to cover please tweet me @SVictorianist.

What about your normal content?
Don’t worry! It’s business as usual. I’ll still be reviewing other twenty-first-century-written/nineteenth-century-set historical novels as part of my Neo-Victorian Voices series, covering art exhibitions and theatrical productions related to the period and blogging on the wide array of topics I’ve been writing on for the last six years. If you have feedback about the ratio of writing-related to non-writing-related content, please let me know.

Are you excited?
I am so happy to be able to share this part of my life with you, and my novel itself next year. Reading the experiences of other writers has been invaluable to me as I’ve written my novel and gone through the submissions process. I hope I can be helpful to you too.

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  1. Congratulations again, Finola! I can't wait to read more about your publishing journey!

  2. I'm really looking forward to your book. I love anything involving the Bronte's and I'm curious about your intriguing interpretation of Lydia Robinson. There are always two sides to every story.

    1. Thanks, Veronica! I hope I did her side of the story justice

  3. Having read an early draft of your novel, I'm really looking forward to reading the finished article. Can't wait!

  4. This is fascinating news. I studied English Literature at university and of course, read most of the sisters' work. Later on, after moving up to Derbyshire I visited Haworth and this reignited my fascination with them all and led to me reading Juliet Barker's biography. But I hadn't really latched onto the story of Branwell and Lydia at all. I shall enjoy reading this missing piece of the jigsaw.

    1. Yes! I couldn't believe no one else had written this book before. That's one reason I wrote it at speed :)