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Lauren “Amethyst” Royal
On Researching her Historical Romances
Most of the homes in my books are inspired by real places you can see—and some of them are places you can stay! Researching settings is my favorite kind of research. I like to visit historic homes, take pictures, get floor plans, ask questions, find local trivia, and—if possible—sleep there to get a real feel for the surroundings. There’s something magical about walking the grounds and exploring the area to make the homes come alive in my books. Not to mention it’s so much more fun to travel and include real facts than to stay home and make stuff up.
My main Chase family home, which I call Cainewood Castle, is loosely modeled on Arundel Castle in West Sussex. It has been home to the Dukes of Norfolk and their family, the Fitzalan Howards, since 1243, save for a short period during the Civil War. Although the family still resides there, portions of their magnificent home are open to visitors and more than worth a detour, should you ever find yourself in the area.
My Greystone Castle was inspired by Amberley Castle, also in West Sussex. Charles II visited the castle in 1651 and 1685. The then tenant, Sir John Brisco, commemorated the second visit by commissioning a mural of Charles and Queen Catharine, which can still be seen in the Queen’s Room, now a gourmet restaurant. The castle has passed through many hands and is now run as a luxurious country house hotel. The walls exude the spirit of dreams and legends, and a stay there is the stuff memories are made of, well worth the splurge.
You can see more real places in my books on my website at http://www.laurenroyal.com/3.0/bookshelf/places/.
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