Quotes by: Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig
Willig at a book signing event
Born (1977-03-28) March 28, 1977 (age 39)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 2005–present
Genre Historical, Romance

The minimum I need is six months to allow for dithering, procrastination and the research. The research times varies from book to book; some are faster because they're based off resources I have at my disposal.
Lauren Willig
I tend to navigate by indirection, meaning that most of the major things in my life have happened when I've been thinking about something else.
Lauren Willig
I've had mainstream readers complain that the book is really a romance, and romance readers complain that the book isn't a romance - with the same book! It really depends on the individual reader's expectations going into the story, and that's very hard to predict person to person.
Lauren Willig
Did I invent anything? I don't think so, not really. But if I've helped make history fun... then my work here is done.
Lauren Willig
Every young girl wants to be a princess. Then, when you find a real-life one, it's very easy to imagine yourself in that role.
Lauren Willig
There's a horrible stereotype of both the romance writer and the romance reader as somehow undereducated and unprofessional, when in fact there are a number of incredibly well-educated professional women who have chosen to leave their other careers and go into writing romance.
Lauren Willig
I couldn't make myself write serious; I was surrounded by serious: in monographs, in articles, in my own dissertation prospectus, in the very earnest e-mails of students telling me just why that paper couldn't be in on time, cross their hearts and hope to get an A-minus.
Lauren Willig
When I was 6, a family friend gave me E.L. Konigsburg's 'A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver' and launched me on a full-blown Eleanor obsession. I wanted to ride off on Crusade, to launch a thousand troubadour songs, to marry a king - and then jilt him and marry another.
Lauren Willig
I'm not sure that teaching a Core course is necessarily the best introduction to teaching.
Lauren Willig
My books fall in the wobbly middle between historical fiction and historical romance.
Lauren Willig
'Purple Plumeria' I dithered over for months and then wrote the whole thing between the beginning of July and end of August. The dithering and procrastination time was three times the writing times.
Lauren Willig
People who would never sneer at sci-fi and murder mysteries have no trouble damning the whole romance genre without reading one.
Lauren Willig
I've been typed as historical fiction, historical women's fiction, historical mystery, historical chick lit, historical romance - all for the same book.
Lauren Willig
I went to grad school with the grand plan of getting my Ph.D. and writing weighty, Tudor-Stuart-set historical fiction - from which I emerged with a law degree and a series of light-hearted historical romances about flower-named spies during the Napoleonic wars.
Lauren Willig
When I'm in heavy-duty writing mode, there's something great about reading a series. Soothing, but not distracting too much.
Lauren Willig
My official field was Tudor-Stuart England; I also considered myself reasonably competent when it came to Renaissance and Reformation Europe.
Lauren Willig
Like everyone else, I grew up loving the Anne books, but L.M. Montgomery is so much more. Like Jane Austen, she has an eye for the absurd and a gift for the 'mot juste.'
Lauren Willig
As a friend once pointed out, the crotchety dowagers do tend to get all the best lines. That may be why I have so many of them in my books.
Lauren Willig
Ever since reading Jean Plaidy's 'Queen in Waiting,' I've felt deep admiration for Caroline of Ansbach.
Lauren Willig
I'm an eighteenth-century girl at heart. I wouldn't mind being set down in London in 1715, in the midst of all the drama of the Hanoverian succession.
Lauren Willig
One of our fundamental human needs is finding our partner that we hope we will stay with for the rest of our lives. You often find the same search in other genres. The mystery novel has a romance subplot. Literary novels often focus on that relationship but do not often end well.
Lauren Willig

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