Above: a portrait of Aglaé Auguie and Hortense de Beauharnais, drawn by Hortense's best friend Adèle Auguie ("Mouse," in my novel). So dear!
I've just sent the 8th draft of Moonsick to my Penguin editor! For those of you who don't know, it's a Young Adult novel I'm writing about Josephine's daughter Hortense. Clicking "send" is always a scary thrill.
Researching and writing about a lively, emotional, and talented teen in post-revolutionary France has been intriguing ... especially Hortense, who is coping with both the death of her father (by guillotine) and her new stepfather (Napoleon—imagine). It's quite a different perspective on a world I came to know very well writing the Josephine B. Trilogy.
It's a complex, dramatic story, and running perhaps a little long at this point. We shall see!