My husband and I went to hear Anna Lee Huber at Barnes & Noble on Thursday night, and as much as I enjoyed it–and I enjoyed it a lot–I think he enjoyed it even more. He has a thing for World War I and II history, and Anna’s new Verity Kent mystery series takes place right after World War I. She had information neither of us had ever heard of. Did you know that Britain recruited aristocratic women to be spies and go behind enemy lines when Germany cut off Belgium and occupied it? The conditions of that poor country and German-occupied France was deplorable. Never mind the conditions in the trenches.
Before Anna even started her presentation, she let us chatter with her about writing and publication. John loves that, too. He actually likes talking writing and the business end of it as much as I do. Probably has to out of self-defense. Anna writes TWO historical mystery series. Both of them intrigue me. Her Lady Darby series is set in 1830s England. Now, as everyone must know by now, I’m a huge fan of Julia Donner’s Regency romances, which take place from about 1810 to 1820 (unless Julia reads this and corrects me). Anna loves research as much as Julia Donner, but she purposely picked the 1830s because no one had written very much about that time period. A good writers’ tip. Find a niche of your own. The 1830s were between the Regency period and the Victorian years. A nice pocket to explore. Too soon for Jack the Ripper–which always intrigues me:) That series is her Lady Darby series, and I’ve already bought the first book (on sale as I write this) to try.
Her second series is the one John’s excited to start. It’s the years right after World War I with plenty of flashbacks about the war. It’s her Verity Kent (she’s a spy for England) series. The second book in the series recently came out:
The good news is that Anna Lee Huber was interviewed on NPR the morning of her signing. The sad news is that John and I and ONE other person showed up to hear her, besides her mother. Fun for us, since we got to ask more questions and interact with her more. And she’s DELIGHTFUL. Just saying. But not so good for her, because she didn’t sell many books. She took it in her stride. Book signings are like that. Sometimes, people show up. Sometimes, they don’t. And only the heavens know why.
Talking about people showing up, I’m plugging the reading event (with Kyra Jacobs, Julia Donner, TG Wolff, L.A. Reminicky, and me in Decature on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. again. It’s hosted by The Next Page Bookstore and Monster Pizza. Hope you can make it.
AND, it snowed today. Just enough to let you know it’s cold outside. So I hope you’re holed up inside and hitting the keys. Happy writing!
P.S. If you look up Anna Lee Huber on Goodreads and look at her reading lists, etc., she has a shelf of books she uses for research…in case you’re a history buff like someone I know who writes Regencies.