Selected Works

Historical Fiction
Six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others' path during Pompeii's fiery end.
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance's most notorious family, three outsiders must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power.
The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.
The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect.
The Year of Four Emperors - and four very different women struggling to survive
A brilliant and paranoid Emperor, a wary and passionate slave girl – who will survive?

Ave Historia: An irreverent look at historical fiction today: books trends, historical tidbits, and random tangents

Those Trendy Tudors

July 25, 2009

Tags: Tudor dynasty, england, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Lady Jane Grey, Mary I, Mary Queen of Scots, Henry VII, Anne Boleyn

Philippa Gregory made it big with "The Other Boleyn Girl" and followed it with "The Virgin’s Lover," "The Queen's Fool," and "The Boleyn Inheritance." Now there are approximately 2,500 books about Anne Boleyn, Cate Blanchett garnered an Oscar nomination or two playing Elizabeth I, a major television show called “The Tudors” is racking up (more…)


July 25, 2009

There is a belief, held by physionomists, new novelists, and novelists who aren’t as new as they should be, that outward appearance corresponds with inward traits of characters. I will be the first to admit: In my early works, I was as guilty of this as any. The heroine was slender (largely because (more…)

Top Ten Peeves, Updated

July 25, 2009

Well. I seem to have hit a nerve, because there are a lot of readers out there who gleefully listed off their own pet peeves in historical fiction. Here are some of my favorites, all from readers here on Goodreads. I tried to give credit where it was due, but some comments were sent (more…)

Top Ten Pet Peeves

July 25, 2009

There’s a lot of good historical fiction out there, but there’s also a lot of bad. In no particular order, here’s a list of my top ten peeves in historical fiction.

1. Twenty-first century attitudes in historical characters.

Unquestionably first on the list. Nothing makes me toss a book faster than a (more…)


July 25, 2009

Tags: historical fiction

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog. “Everyone” currently consists of a devoted fiancé, a loving mother, and a few online friends, but I hope to find others soon. My name is Kate Quinn, and I’m the author of the forthcoming historical novel "Mistress of Rome." My book is set to be published (more…)