With less than a month to go until That Summer appears in stores, here are some fun bits and pieces behind the story:
— The modern hero is a descendant of Miles and Henrietta Dorrington (of The Masque of the Black Tulip fame– not to mention the winners of every Pink Carnation popularity contest I’ve run on this website). Ever wondered what happened to the Dorrington family in later years (and why the title is in abeyance)? Nicholas Dorrington is here to fill us in.
— And speaking of Nicholas Dorrington, yes, he is very fond of ginger biscuits. There might also be a floppy lock of hair around somewhere….
— My modern heroine, Julia, is fired from her job at an investment bank not long before the action of the book begins. I couldn’t use a real I-bank, so I borrowed one from my friend Beatriz Williams. Yep, the Sterling Bates from which Julia is fired in That Summer is the same Sterling Bates at which Beatriz’s heroine works in Overseas. If Beatriz’s and my book are any evidence, they have a rather poor track record with employee retention.
— The house isn’t actually called Herne Hill. I’ve noticed this mistake in every review of That Summer that has come out so far. It’s the neighborhood that’s called Herne Hill. (And it is, indeed, a hill, as I can testify, having trudged up it in the midst of a July heat wave.) In That Summer, the people with whom we’re dealing are solidly middle class. They’re not the sort who have houses with names. Although I can definitely see where the confusion comes in.
— My historical heroine is named Imogen after the heroine of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. There was very little of a pseudo-medieval nature that the Preraphaelites didn’t mine for inspiration. Cymbeline was right up their alley. Initially, I had planned for the hero and heroine to have some deep and allegorical conversations about the nature of her name– but it didn’t happen. And the painting hidden in the wardrobe, instead of being a Cymbeline turned into a Tristan and Iseult. It worked much better that way. But by then my heroine was Imogen, and Imogen she stayed.
— Is there anything else you want to know about That Summer? Just ask me here!
And speaking of Preraphs… this was me channeling Waterhouse while I was in the UK, researching That Summer back in the summer of 2012:
Less than a month until That Summer appears in stores!