Where did you get the idea for MY LADY JANE?

Cynthia had the idea. She'd always loved the figure of the Lady Jane Grey in British History. (Cynthia was a history minor in college, because she loved to listen to the tragic stories of the past.) She thought the Lady Grey story was TOO tragic. Here we have this awesome teenage girl who loves to read and write, who is infamously opinionated and strong-willed in a time where women are discouraged from being either. And then what happens to her? She ends up in a forced marriage to a boy she hardly knows. She becomes THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND, but only for nine days. And then, because she won't renounce her beliefs, she gets her head chopped off.

Cynthia wanted to rewrite that story to give Jane the ending she deserved. And that's how this novel started--revising history.

How did the Lady Janies meet?

We met in Texas in 2012, when our publishers sent us on a book tour. At the end of that week we were fast friends, and throughout that next year we kept meeting up to do events together. Then we'd meet up because we just wanted to hang out. And then we decided to co-write a book so we'd have an even better excuse to spend time together. We kinda like each other.

When will I be able to find My LADY JANE in bookstores?

Its official release date is June 7, 2016.  

How did you write this book? Wasn't it hard to get three different authors all working together on one story?

Actually, the writing process was surprisingly smooth. The book is written from the point of view of three revolving characters, (Edward, Jane, and Gifford) and we were each responsible for writing one character's story. We'll let you guess who wrote which. :) 

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  1. Are you going to create another book like My Lady Jane?

    1. Yes! We have another book called MY PLAIN JANE coming in Summer 2018.

  2. I love MY Lady Jane! It was funny and interesting and I can't wait to see if you write anything else together - I would totally read it!

  3. The new Jane books are going on my TBR list.