As you may already know, Gentle Reader, I tend to try to parody different types of Victorian literature with each Parasol Protectorate book. Soulless poked fun at the early romance novels, Changeless went back to the gothic roots of all my favorite genres, Blameless was intended to be an Alan-Quartermian-style Boy’s Adventure novel, and now Heartless . . .
Heartless is a cozy Sherlock-Holmes-style mystery. I had a lot of fun researching this book: reading Conan Doyle and delving into his fascination with the occult. It’s entertaining to take his perspective and place it into a world where the occult, in essence, really does exist and practically-minded scientists struggle to undersstand this, much as Sherlock does in many of Doyle’s later adventures. Alexia hasn’t Sherlock’s mind but she has his practical approach to problem solving, and his propensity for charging about willy-nilly no holds barred.
(The role of Dr. Watson will be played by an every increasing bevy of adorable young men. A girl’s gotta have her fun!)
I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it and that those of you who are Doyle fans will find my paltry efforts endearing rather than insulting. I also hope that as you read, knowing some of my motivation will allow you to pick up on those moments of writerly winking when I am playing with my source material for the pure joy of it.
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Quote of the Day:
“There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.”
~ G.K. Chesterton