I just shared the cover of my upcoming historical novel, A Dangerous Madness, a couple of days ago. I absolutely love it, and think it suits the book so well. A Dangerous Madness is connected to The Emperor’s Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies, and is set in the same part of London as the other two books, in 1812.
There are specific places associated with the story, and a couple of weeks ago, I was back in London for my brother’s wedding, and took a few days to wander London and take some photos of the places where my characters lived and walked. Some places have the original buildings, like the house my heroine lives in, Home House, in Portman Square, but some of the buildings around it have changed, and the park in the middle of the square certainly has. It now allows anyone to wander through its leafy greenness, unlike when Phoebe, my heroine, would have lived there, when it was for residents only.
I hooked up with one of my best friends, who lives in London, and we spent a fun day going to all the places Phoebe and Wittaker went on their quest to work out who was behind Spencer Perceval’s death. Home House, where Phoebe lives in the book, Threadneedle Street, where the Virginia and Baltick Coffee House operated as a brokering house, right next door to the Bank of England, to the Houses of Parliament, where Perceval was killed, to Newgate Street, where Newgate Prison used to be. Unfortunately, Carlton House, where the Prince Regent used to live, no longer exists, or we would have gone there, too.
I really love actually seeing the places I’ve written about and woven into my stories, there is something really satisfying about it, grounding what is all in my head into something a little more tangible.
Do you love to read about places you’ve been to yourself? I have to say that if a book is set in Western Australia, where I live, I always seem to enjoy it more.
I’ve got a contest going at the moment, with 5 copies of A Dangerous Madness up for grabs. You can enter below.