About The Muse of Fire
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Shakespeare’s sweeping themes meet the wit of Jane Austen in a mashup of theater riots and drawing room angst.
Based on real events, The Muse of Fire takes readers behind the scenes of London’s massive Covent Garden theater at the dawn of the 19thCentury. The intrigue, romance, and betrayal swirling around the actors offstage rivals anything they must perform onstage.
After the death of her mother, Grace Johnson follows her abusive father to London and discovers a passion for the stage. But she must fight against social norms to find her place as a Shakespearean actress in the fraught world of early 19th Century theater.
Aided by Ned, a foundling who takes charge backstage at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, Grace becomes ensnared by intrigues and setbacks that mar the pathway to stardom she craves.
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Old Price Riots of 1809, Grace and Ned find common purpose in a quest that threatens to tear both their worlds apart.
Winner of the Bronze for Best Historical Fiction from the Independent Publishers’ Awards and First in Category for the Goethe Awards.
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Carol M.Cram loves the arts, food, travel, and writing novels about people who follow their passions.
Carol writes about women in the arts in her first three award-winning novels of historical fiction, The Towers of Tuscany, A Woman of Note and The Muse of Fire, and matches her travel-inspired vignettes with pastel drawings created by her husband, Canadian artist Gregg Simpson in Pastel & Pen: Travels in Europe. In Love Among the Recipes, a woman searches for new passions amid the sights and tastes of Paris.
Carol expresses her enthusiasm for the written word, the arts, and her love of travel on Artsy Traveler (artsytraveler.com) and Art In Fiction (artinfiction.com), and on the Art In Fiction Podcast in her chats with authors who write novels inspired by the arts. She also teaches writing courses and mentors new authors–one of her favorite things to do.
In addition to being a novelist, Carol is the author of over sixty bestselling college textbooks in computer applications and communications for Cengage Learning and was also on faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver for two over decades. She holds an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. She lives with her husband, painter Gregg Simpson, on beautiful Bowen Island near Vancouver, BC, where she also teaches Nia, a holistic dance/fitness practice.