Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this captivating first-person account of one of history’s most prominent female leaders.
Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age—and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.
by Carolyn Meyer
Topic 1. What made you decide or when did you know that you wanted to write historical fiction for young adult readers?
I always knew that I wanted to write fiction, but I had no idea how to make that happen or what direction it would take. My early short stories were rejected; so were my first novels. Eventually I was advised to try writing for children, and my first efforts were rewarded: how-to books for kids. As I gained confidence and experience, I tried a young adult novel; it was published, and several more followed. More or less accidentally, I wrote a historical novel about a character who interested me. Then an editor suggested I write about British royalty, and I loved it. After all those years, I had found my niche!
Topic 2. Tell one of the funniest or strangest true stories that you found while researching Victoria Rebels.
When I first started working on Victoria Rebels, I knew next to nothing about her--those grim photographs of an elderly woman didn’t give me a clue. Her relationship with her mother bothered me, and I sympathized with Victoria’s efforts to get along with her and wished that she would rebel sooner! Why on earth did Mamma insist that her daughter sleep in the same room, even when Victoria was a teenager? And why must someone always hold Victoria’s hand when she was going downstairs? My own mother was overprotective, and I sensed how hard that must have been on the young princess.
Topic 3. Write about what was one thing that surprised you when you were reading Victoria’s journals.
Her passion! And I mean both physically and emotionally. We have the idea that the Victorians were so tightly buttoned up, but you have only to look at the portrait she had painted for Prince Albert to see the fire blazing!
Topic 4. What was the hardest thing to leave out of Victoria Rebels?
There were a lot of small details that had to go because they slowed down the plot, but the hardest for me to part with was Victoria’s doll collection that she took with her wherever she went until she was almost fourteen years old. She and her governess spent hours creating exquisite costumes for 132 plain but very tiny wooden dolls, and she lived a rich imaginary life through them. The dolls went on exhibit a year ago in England, and I’m sorry I didn’t get to see them—even sorrier that I could keep them in the story.
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About the Author
Carolyn Meyer is as versatile a writer as you will find. Along with historical fiction and realistic novels for young adults she has written nonfiction for young adults and books for younger readers on topics as diverse as the Amish, the Irish, Japanese, Yup'ik Eskimos, a rock band, rock tumbling, bread baking, and coconuts. And ten of her books have been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. In her most recent historical novels she has dealt with the young lives of Mary Tudor, Princess Elizabeth, Anastasia, and Isabel of Castilla, Spain.
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