I was introduced to historical fiction by Philippa Gregory. I knew right away that some facts were skewed, as The Queen’s Fool has a mystical element, but the fact that the kings and queens depicted in the novel truly existed piqued my interest in the genre. Directly after reading The Other Boleyn Girl, I found Robin Maxwell and enjoyed her version of Anne Boleyn so much more than the haughty, calculating jade that Gregory made her out to be. Thus my obsession with Anne Boleyn began.
To date I have read 29 of Jean Plaidy’s nearly 100 historical novels. I am quite amazed, not only that she has written so many novels, but that they are so good. When I am asked -- as I often am in my profession -- who my favorite author is, I answer without skipping a beat: Jean Plaidy! Not very many people give her a try and it is a shame; they are missing out on the best historical fiction has to offer!