A Rewrite

I was only 80% satisfied with how The Townsend Inheritance turned out, and even though I could not place my finger on why I felt restless and dissatisfied when I thought of the book, I kept trying to find ways to fix it. A few days ago I had a burst of inspiration that made me grin and grimace–the rewrite was to take my characters in a brand new direction and my heroine was replaced by someone a bit sharper-edged and more nuanced. I struggled a bit against this because it would completely upset my planned writing schedule and it meant my reluctant return to a story that had given me so much trouble last year. However, as I began pushing and developing and shaping this new version of the trilogy, I became excited. This flowed so much easier and I didn’t feel the impatient and anxious dread that enveloped me whenever I sat down to write the original MS. More importantly, I feel much more in control of where and how to add the Downton Abbey/Upstairs Downstairs touch to the books, as opposed to scrambling around for ideas or plot twists I assumed should be in a book that would be marketed to Downton fans (which, IMO, will lead to a bunch of books flooding the market that read exactly alike). Funnily enough, the title I chose out of exasperation for the original MS, a title I was never easy with, goes with book one of this new version of the trilogy perfectly! So I see that the title was just waiting for me to match it with its proper story!

Author: Evangeline Holland

Evangeline is a public historian who brings her academic skills to fiction, in order to fill in the gaps in the historical record. Her love for history permeates just about everything she does, going so far as to "suffer" for this love--as the bruises and stuck fingers from fencing and sewing costumes to understand life in the past firsthand can attest.

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