Juliet Gael is living a life that most of us can only dream about. She lives in Florence, Italy where she researches her favorite topics and writes novels about them. Pretty great, right? I know I’m all sorts of jealous. That said, Juliet works hard. Her debut novel ROMANCING MISS BRONTË is incredibly well researched and as close to the real thing as humanly possible.
The book is the story of the lives of the Brontë sisters, whose novels have made them famous characters in history. The novel brings to life early nineteenth century England where life for women was far different than it is today and the kind of success Charlotte and her sisters achieved was quite rare. In fact, their books were originally published under male pseudonyms.
As the title implies, not only is the book about the sisters but about the love or loves of Charlotte’s life. Since not much information remained about her husband, Arthur Bell Nicholls, Juliet took on the task of writing their story.
When Juliet came by our offices last month we chatted about her life and where the line between fiction and fact falls in the book.
I’m far from an expert on the Brontë sisters, though I feel like more of one now and after reading the book and I am inspired to go back and re-read JANE EYRE and WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Maybe you will be too. (Coincidentally, both books are available as part of our summer sale!)
Enjoy the interview!
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