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February 13, 2009

“The decision to become a courtesan is not to be made lightly. A woman must be willing to make her own choices . . . and pay for them.”

“–from the memoirs of Mlle. Blanche La Tour

Thanks for the chance to guest blog here at FreshFiction. For those of you who’ve been following my blog tour, I hope you’ll bookmark this site. FreshFiction is fabulous.

When I started writing VEXING THE VISCOUNT, I wanted to play with the idea of my heroine masquerading as a courtesan. But I knew Daisy Drake wouldn’t be convincing unless she had some inside information, so I allowed her to discover the memoirs of Blanche La Tour, a French “woman of pleasure.”

Which meant I needed to research the life of an 18th century courtesan. Here’s a little of what I discovered:

Move over, Britney! Eat your heart out, Paris! Courtesans were the original prey of the paparazzi. These darlings of the London tabloids provided the cartoonists of their day with juicy on dits and outrageous exploits to lampoon. Top-tier ‘birds of paradise’ demanded and received generous stipends, clothing allowances, jewels, houses, a box at the opera and endless diversions from their well-placed protectors. When the relationship ran its course, these astute businesswomen often had negotiated an annuity to comfort them in retirement.

Click here to read the rest of the blog and a chance to win a copy of VEXING THE VISCOUNT.


  • peggy February 13, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Emily,I enjoyed reading your interview.I found your research on the 18th century courtesan very interesting.

  • Karen H in NC February 13, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Hi Emily,

    I enjoyed your interview today. Loved the book too!

  • Cathy February 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    This looks like a story I would enjoy reading.

  • stacey February 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I love your books and I’m sher win I read that one I will love it to.sounds good!
    from stacey smith