Today we have a view into those more because of television. When writers and producers create a critically successful program of the past, details are a part of what makes it work. The early part of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in England have been especially explored in movies and TV giving us an interesting view into the lives of the aristocracy.
This roundabout explanation is all about showing where I came up with the idea for "M'Lady's Gentleman" for a series and specifically for "In Her Majesty's Service", the first book in the series. My initial tagline for a book was "A Sarah Wingate Spy Adventure".
When writing about one character never create a more fascinating character to introduce that character. I fell in love with Lady Agatha Wingate and I thought well I won't kill her off...
Getting back to my wife and me. The spark of inspiration that started me on this treadmill was how outrageous aristocratic society would find it if a "Lady" was being dressed not by a maid, but by a gentleman's gentleman.
My inspiration sometimes takes a bit of percolating before I finally come up with what I wanted all the time. I might not have gotten what I wanted, but I most certainly got what I needed.
The series is now entitled "In Her Majesty's Service" and refers to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. The first book is now entitled "M'Lady's Gentlemen", please note the alteration to plural. The tagline is "A Lady Agatha Wingate spy Adventure". Agatha has a maid, or will.
The book will go into presale soon, I will keep you apprised.
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