I’ll be off to France in a few weeks to do some research on the prequel of Grace Awakening which (so far) I’m calling Grace Beguiling. I’ll be doing the research in Avignon, and we have booked a really nice small family hotel located within the walls of the old city. It is called Autour de Petit Paradis, which bodes well for a lovely time: I’m looking forward to staying in a little paradise! (and may wish we’d booked a longer visit there). From the reviews the hosts are very helpful and personable, and quickly after our online booking we received a lovely email from the proprietor Sabine, assuring us that they were at our disposal for any information.
I took that opportunity to let her know that the purpose of our trip was to research the lives and times of Petrarch and Laure. She has been very helpful, sending me photos and links to places for us to explore. How wonderful to find such a local connection! I can hardly wait to get there.
Another helpful connection I had with this book was a French genealogist who provided me with a lot of extremely helpful information on Laure’s family. She married Hugues de Sade, (a marquis, but several generations before the infamous one). They had several children, and they will be showing up in my novel.