Blameless released in September of 2010 (same year as Changeless) and was my first major challenge book. I had a big rewrite on this book from my editor, which was warranted but still, Blameless with live in my memory as my first encounter with that side of author-doom.
Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book: Research and amusement on the subject of the Victorian relationship to Italy and France, not to mention the Knights Templar.
Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires – and they’re armed with pesto.
Blameless was a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller, and a #1 Locus bestseller.
Author Thoughts On This Book
- It’s a parody of a Victorian travel novel.
- Yes the Etruscan site they visit is based on one I worked on as an archaeologist.
My creative process with the Templars ties to the world building begin the God Breaker plague, which you can read about in the Changeless Extras blog post.
You see, I always suspected King Henry broke with the Catholic Church over use of supernaturals in his army and intelligence, and that the divorce thing was just a front. This meant that Catholic Europe (particularly Italy) would be very anti-supernatural. Also they probably had some issues with vampires trying to take over the Papacy at some point or another. (I’m looking at you, Borgias). A secret Catholic society designed to hunt supernaturals seems quite logical under those circumstances. But I wanted to borrow an existing term, the Hospilaters would be more ironic, but the Templars are more iconic, so I went with them.
Things Pertaining To This Book
- Research Notes on the Knights Templar
- How the Victorians Described Italian Food
- The Range of Cover Art for Blameless
- 4 Deleted Scenes from Blameless
- The History of Tea in the Victorian Era
- All Blog posts about Blameless
- Audio recording (from Rick Kleffel) of Gail reading from Blameless at SF in SF.
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