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Cheryl “Diamond” Bolen
On Researching her Regency Romances

I am sure my earlier books published back in the 90s may have had a few historical inaccuracies, but I was determined after I sold my first book to really, really educate myself about my particular period in history: Regency England.

Since then I have written many dozen articles on that era, which can be found at my website or blog, www.CherylBolen.com or http://cherylsregencyramblings.wordpress.com/.

Cheryl at the Royal Crescent in BathI have made, I think, ten research trips to England. One of my must-sees on every trip is London’s National Portrait Gallery where I can see portraits of those people who contributed to the Regency. I’ve been to Bath twice. I’ve climbed aboard Nelson’s HMS Victory in Portsmouth. I have visited some 40 stately homes and walked through their lush gardens. I’ve walked the cliffs in Cornwall and in rugged North Devon. I’ve taken a boat ride where the River Dart flows into the sea. I’ve visited most of the royal palaces, including the Prince Regent’s Royal Pavilion in Brighton. I’ve been to the National Maritime Museums in Falmouth and at Greenwich. I’ve explored the colleges at Oxford and Cambridge. I won’t bore you with any more enumeration, but I could!

These days I read very little romance books because I’m far too busy reading old diaries and letters of people who actually lived in the Regency, and I devour biographies in the same way my readers devour love stories (which I still love).

Cheryl's research book shelvesHere are a couple of pictures I’d like to share. I am pictured at the Royal Crescent in Bath, which is the setting of my last release, Love in the Library. The other picture shows just a couple of the shelves in my writing office (a sun porch). I label these with things like “Diaries and Letters,” “Biographies,” “English History,” and “English Geography/Houses.”
 

 

 
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