One Night in the Palace was a bold, glittery, and sexy read. So let’s hear what romance author Ms. Bianca Mori has to say about her inspiration and her thoughts on the life of the demimondes.
~ Bianca Mori ~
I hadn’t really thought of myself as interested in high society, but when I do think about it, I have to say that you’re right. I love reading about the lives of royalty, especially controversial figures like Henry VIII, Edith Wharton’s New York society novels like The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence, and even Jane Austen’s books which always has that component of money and connections hampering or complicating her characters’ love-lives. Historical romances also mostly have this component.
While writing One Night At The Palace Hotel I was also reading To Marry An English Lord: Or How Anglomania Got Started, which is a non-fiction book about wealthy American heiresses marrying into the English aristocracy from the late 1800s onward (e.g., Winston Churchill’s mom was an American heiress!). It was like a business arrangement, where the Americans get prestige and social standing while the English get a lot of money to maintain their crumbling estates. This was a huge influence in writing ONATPH, especially with the business-like arrangement between Con and Benjo.