For The King: an update

Gerard Madame Recamier

I have finished the “final” edits to For The King, and sent them to my agent, Stephanie Cabot. So I chose this beautiful portrait of Madame Récamier by Gérard to illustrate this post, because this is how I picture my heroine, Blanche. And, I must say, I feel the writer’s equivalent of postpartum blues.

What has changed in this new version? Blanche, precisely. She is more passionate about her political ideas. I tried to make her struggles to extricate herself from the moral and practical consequences of her choices more dramatic.

Also, thanks to a suggestion from my editor at Dutton, Bonaparte now makes a cameo appearance. In that new scene he confronts Fouché, his Minister of Police, immediately after the attack. I tend to be shy about injecting major historical characters into my novels, because I want to remain as historically accurate as possible while keeping my creative freedom. For that new scene I relied on the Memoirs of an eyewitness, Fouché himself.

About the ending? As before, not all of the “terrorists” are caught and punished (but I can’t change historical fact: one of them did escape to the United States.) But otherwise the ending changed, much to my surprise! It is happier. I am yet unable to tell how this affects the reader’s overall take on the novel, and wait with bated breath for Stephanie’s opinion.

Then if she likes the result, she will forward the manuscript to Dutton, perhaps for another round of edits. So these may not be final after all…

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11 Comments to “For The King: an update”

  1. Catherine Delors says:

    You are most welcome, Elisa.

    Penny – The sadness is very real and I am not surprised to hear other authors reporting the same thing. And YES I will be coming to NYC soon, but don’t ask me when. I am doing more than my fair share of traveling these days…

  2. Penny Klein says:

    she’s beautiful! and she looks comfortable in her own skin. Confident in herself. at author lectures, I have heard about sadness when the book is finished, etc. I was sad when I finished your book so I have to read it again. I hope to get your autograph one day. one day we might even meet. But then who visits NYC?

  3. Elisa says:

    Thanks for the update!

  4. Catherine Delors says:

    Thanks, everybody, for your kind wishes and encouragement ! It is great to find this level of enthusiasm for my second novel. Julianne, I do hope you are right about Stephanie liking it. She wants to sell it on the European market, and of course a marquee name like Bonaparte can’t hurt.

  5. Marg says:

    I am so looking forward to getting hold of For the King!

  6. Amanda says:

    Congratulations! I have to say I LOVE that painting. I can’t wait until your new book comes out. Keep us updated!

  7. Sue says:

    I can’t wait to read your second novel! It’s very exciting and ever so interesting to receive snippets of information about For The King along the path to its publication.

  8. Lucy says:

    All this sounds so exciting Catherine. What a beautiful portrait you chose!

    A snippet of Bonaparte?! That should be very interesting;)

  9. Eva says:

    It’s so exciting to hear more about For the King. :) I can’t wait for it to actually be released. And of course I love happier endings.

  10. Congratulations, Catherine! It sounds as though you are pleased with the result, and I’m sure Stephanie will be, too. Now, go visit that favorite place of yours for a cup of hot chocolate while you wait…Or maybe a kir royale would be better at this time of year!

  11. Suzanne says:

    I haven’t been around much, I know, but I remain as excited as ever – perhaps even more so after reading this post – for your second novel. I hope all goes well with your editor!

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