Beautiful blog design and compelling, relevant content by historical novelist Catherine Delors.
This is one of the best websites I’ve seen from a novelist. It brings us deeper into the 18th century period about which she writes. The engaging content and simple, but elegant style are a perfect match. Kudos to Catherine.
More about Catherine and how her writing journey may inspire budding authors:
Catherine Delors was born and raised in France. She graduated from the University of Paris-Sorbonne School of Law and became the youngest member of the Bar of Paris at the age of twenty-one.
She later moved to the United States and passed the California Bar. She worked at a few large American law firms before setting up a solo practice following the birth of her son.
She now splits her time between London and Paris, while remaining a partner in an international law firm based in Los Angeles.
Her second novel, For The King, was published in July 2010. Catherine is currently writing on a third novel, a prequel to Mistress of the Revolution. She is also researching a fourth one, which shall revolve about Jane Austen and her French connections.
For those of us who are authors–or would-be authors, she traces her journey from unpublished to published:
From unpublished to published: the journey
“What does it take for a first-time novelist to find a publisher? There must as many paths as there are writers. My advice here is based on own experience. Follow it or not, at your pleasure.
First have fun writing Enjoy every moment of it, the exhilaration, the bursts of creativity, the times of crushing self-doubt, of discouragement, the passion. Watch what happens to your characters. They are like kids: they grow up before your eyes, they become independent, they take off, they live their own lives. You think about them while driving to work, in your bath, at night during your moments of insomnia.
This is what I experienced with the character of Villers in my story. At first I conceived him as a pampered aristocrat, what we would call nowadays a womanizer, a brilliant, vital but shallow man. I wondered how on earth I would be able to make him interesting. In fact, he was the character who surprised me most. He gained in complexity, in bitterness, in violence as I wrote on. Now I realize that my readers like him far better than I do.”
Read the rest on her website: CatherineDelors.com
Enjoy her blog: Versailles and More.