Why I Chose To Write A Victorian Trilogy Next...

One of the questions authors are most often asked is where we get our ideas from - this is such a difficult question to answer because, for a lot of writers, ideas are everywhere!

Anyone who follows me on social media knows I am obsessed with period dramas and past royalty and a lot of my book and series ideas are sparked by something I have watched or read in these genres or periods. That doesn't mean I take a story that has fascinated me and rewrite it - not at all.

What it means is that something grabbed my attention so much that it has made me want to research it, delve deeper and, more often than not, focus on the women's issues of the time. I love writing about fascinating women, their struggles and triumphs!

So, it was after watching The Harlots TV series that I was inspired to write a series about prostitutes - The Harlots is set in the 18th century but as I wanted my female characters to be a little more freer in their actions, thoughts and ambitions so decided to fast forward into the 19th century and my latest Victorian trilogy began...

The first book, A Widow's Vow, is Louisa's story - once I had decided the first heroine of the series would be a brothel madam, the rest fell into place and it wasn't long before the heroines of the second and third books started talking to me.

Here is the blurb & buy links for A Widow's Vow (releases Sept 10th) and it is available for preorder right now!

From grieving widow...

1851. After her merchant husband saved her from a life of prostitution, Louisa Hill was briefly happy as a housewife in Bristol. But then a constable arrives at her door. Her husband has been found hanged in a Bath hotel room, a note and a key to a property in Bath the only things she has left of him. And now the debt collectors will come calling.
To a new life as a madam.

Forced to leave everything she knows behind, Louisa finds more painful betrayals waiting for her in the house in Bath. Left with no means of income, Louisa knows she has nothing to turn to but her old way of life. But this time, she'll do it on her own terms – by turning her home into a brothel for upper class gentleman. And she's determined to spare the girls she saves from the street the horrors she endured in the past.
Enlisting the help of Jacob Jackson, a quiet but feared boxer, to watch over the house, Louisa is about to embark on a life she never envisaged. Can she find the courage to forge this new path? 
A Widow's Vow is the first in a gripping and gritty new Victorian saga series from Rachel Brimble. You won't be able to put it down.

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