It is launch day at last! I am off to celebrate at a luncheon including two of my favorite historical authors—Kate Quinn and Stephanie Dray. But don’t hate me.
The truth is, launching a book involves more work (and sheer terror) than it does champagne. And what launching a debut novel entails in this age of social media is one of the topics I discuss today at The Paperback Swap. Other subjects on the table—why I chose to focus The Sister Queens on only two of the four daughters of Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence; a family controversy about whether I am more like Marguerite or Eleanor; and the book I am working on next.
Oh and you just might win a copy of The Sister Queens in the Paperback Swap giveaway.
Last holiday season Santa outdid himself—I got my debut book deal for Christmas.
The past year has been full of wonderful experiences, from working with my very astute and caring editor at NAL to receiving my first reader’s review on goodreads. Each one of these pre-publication events shines like a foil-wrapped Christmas package in my memory.
Some of year’s most precious gifts came from fellow historical fiction writers—luminaries of the genre actually. I’ve been honored to receive a number of marvelous endorsements (known as “cover blurbs” in the business) for The Sister Queens from authors whose work I both read and admire. I am pleased and proud to unveil them – and the fabulous front cover that NAL created for The Sister Queens – at my newly renovated “My Books” page.
Here, with profound thanks to their authors, are a few blurbs to whet your appetite:
In her debut novel, The Sister Queens, Sophie Perinot breathes life into two of history’s most fascinating siblings. What Philippa Gregory did for Anne and Mary Boleyn, Perinot has done for Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence. This is without a doubt one of the best novels I’ve read all year!”
—Michelle Moran, author of Madame Tussaud
Every page of The Sister Queens for me was like a morsel to savor. The Sister Queens is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a very long time. Absolutely superb! I will certainly be adding it to my ‘keeper’ shelf.”
—Diane Haeger, author of The Queen’s Rival
Sophie Perinot’s debut tour de force, The Sister Queens, gives the reader a detailed and racy look into the very public and most intimate lives of English and French royalty. The sister queens have two very different personalities, yet Perinot’s skills allow a modern woman to see herself in them and root for them both. This sweeping, compelling novel is a medieval, double-decker lifestyles of the rich, famous, and fascinating.”
—Karen Harper, author of The Queen’s Governess
For more endorsements, including kind words from authors Elizabeth Loupas, Christy English, Leslie Carroll and Anne O’Brien please visit the “My Books” tab.
P.S. Santa, no need to leave anything under the tree for me this year, I am one of the luckiest ladies around.
Greetings readers, writers, and history lovers of every type. My name is Sophie Perinot, and I am a multi-published novelist. Have a look in the “My Books” section of this website to discover my work.
I have three grand passions – writing, family, and history. As an author I draw upon these to create novels set in the past but driven by the timeless issues and complex family relationships that continue to mold, nurture, and exasperate people today.
When I pick up a novel I want to be diverted. When that novel takes me to
the past I also want to learn about the period in which it is set and the historical figures who people it. But most of all I seek stories and situations that resonate in my own life, giving me a better understanding of myself and others. What I desire myself as a reader I seek to provide to others as a writer. I hope that my novels, Médicis Daughter and The Sister Queens, will entertain, educate and elucidate.
This website is designed to supplement my books – offering you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of my writing process, extra information on settings and historical subjects relevant to my novels, and links to additional resources. If you have wandered here as a fellow writer, I hope you will find my links to writing resources and writing-centric blog entries useful in your on-going creative journey. If you visit as a reader, please be in touch. I am always interested in readers’ thoughts and reactions to my work.
MÉDICIS DAUGHTER—ORDER NOW
MÉDICIS DAUGHTER by Sophie Perinot is set in a 16th century France twisting under the serpentine rule of Catherine de Médicis. At a court seething with intrigue and riven by religious war, beautiful Princess Margot walks the knife edge between the demands of her dangerous family, and the demands of her own conscience. The novel is a “coming-of-age tale where the princess learns to slay her own dragons.” (Kate Quinn, Bestselling author) [more]