I love hitting the jackpot with research as I write Lady Charlotte. One of my scenes that I had planned is at the Gaiety Theatre in London, along with this burlesque presentation of Carmen Up to Data. I wish I could tell you more, but it will spoil the book! In the meantime, meet the world of burlesque, where Lady Charlotte loves to be entertained.
An Article from arthurlloyd.co.uk. The Music Hall and Theatre History Website dedicated to Arthur Lloyd 1839 – 1904
Source: The Gaiety Theatre, Aldwych, Strand, London
I’m at it again! Research.
Early burlesque has roots in comedy. These 19th-century theater cards show its evolution into vaudeville and striptease.
Source: 1890: Victorian burlesque dancers and their elaborate costumes
Here I go again, creating new characters. meet the following:
Charlotte Rutherford – Widowed, but her reputation is scandalous
Cedric Fitzgerald – Charlotte’s cousin
Lord Albert Beckett – Her eventual love interest
What’s it all about? Well, I do have a smashing synopsis written already, but I’m keeping it under wraps for a few reasons. Let’s just say that Charlotte and Albert will be in a definite hate/love relationship, sparring with one another, in rather humorous settings.
Already, I’m digging into a few research items revolving around:
- A famous pub in 1890 Whitechapel. How about The Ten Bells where two of Jack the Ripper’s victims apparently frequented?
- I’m also reading about the West End risque theatres.
Stay tuned as I add more information about Charlotte’s wardrobe and the habits of good society.
I’m starting Chapter 5 and have written 10,419 toward my 50,000-word goal.
Yeah!!! I found a narrator. Meet Elizabeth Klett and visit her website for more information. I’m convinced she will bring Lady Grace’s story to life in a wonderful way.
Lady Grace is pending release in print, and I’ve posted auditions for audio. The print should be up for sale in the next few weeks, and the audio within six weeks once I commission a narrator.
In the meantime, I’ve already written the synopsis of Lady Charlotte, but I’ll keep that under wraps! Stay tuned as I start writing a light-hearted and humorous story between a fallen woman and upright man.
I was one of the lucky ones to purchase a poppy from the Tower of London. As you know, I dedicated Lady Grace to my fallen cousins who lost their lives in World War I. I’ve been able to replant the poppy on this wonderful website! Please visit, comment, and read their story of where the poppy has been planted. Find my Tower poppy at:
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Source: Where are the Poppies Now – Tales from those who bought poppies