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Diary of Bedlam

I updated my About Me page today to include a brief description of my novel:

I am a writer currently working on my first novel.  The working title is Diary of Bedlam and it is a mystery based on the real-life unsolved murder of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey.  Set in 1678 London, it faithfully describes one of the darkest periods of political turmoil to occur during the reign of Charles II:  the popish plot.

I didn't set out to write a novel about the popish plot.  When I first read about the murder of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey I was enthralled by the mystery but I just wanted to write a novel--not a treatise on the politics of the time.  Unfortunately, the Popish Plot and Sir Edmund's murder are irrevocably intertwined.  Indeed, to a large extent, one would not have happened without the other.  The conspiracy was already brewing when Sir Edmund's corpse was found in a ditch at the bottom of Primrose Hill, but the kettle had already boiled and the coffee was cooling.  Sir Edmund's death gave new life to the popish plot and set off a frenzy of rumors, lies, and suspicion in London.  The city became crazy with fear--a sort of Bedlam.

As often happens to writers, I could not let go of this story.  It touches upon another theme that is important to me:  religious discrimination and its role in government and politics.  I had found the story I was born to write.

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3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Diary of Bedlam”

  1. Maternity nursing clothing April 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    wow nice, i’ll look forward on your novel ma’am. for sure you are very excited about this and everyone else are gonna be excited reading too!

  2. Tame Your Dog Tips April 29, 2010 at 9:34 am

    “The conspiracy was already brewing when Sir Edmund’s corpse was found in a ditch at the bottom of Primrose Hill, but the kettle had already boiled and the coffee was cooling.”
    —I love this part. It excites me. Great post. Thanks.

  3. fertileaid views May 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    oh cool! looking forward on your novel. congratulations and good luck! :D

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