Thank you for visiting my author website. Here you will find information about my latest novel (my 12th), the real people and places that inspire my storytelling, and a blog.
A Pledge of Better Times has been well-received by readers and reviewers:
“Porter’s ambitious novel of 17th-century England is brimming with vivid historical figures and events . . . rigorously researched and faithfully portrayed.” ~ ~ Publishers Weekly
“A true delight for fans of monarchy. . . Porter does a sensational job portraying the time period and showing how time passed and England was ever changing. . . the relationship between Charles and Diana in A Pledge of Better Times is complex and interesting.” ~~ The Examiner
“The remarkable figure of Lady Diana de Vere stands at the center of Margaret Porter’s sumptuous, wonderful new novel . . . Porter winningly captures both the dramatic societal upheavals and the sparkling wit and court life of the time, especially in the character of Lady Diana, a wonderful fictional creation. It is a very rewarding reading experience – I highly recommend it.” ~~ Historical Novels Review
“A richly evocative peek into a world long gone and yet very familiar to modern readers, with political and ideological maneuvering and romantic entanglements not so different than today's . . . Porter explores friendship, marriage, parenthood, and loyalty as she tells the story of people who were celebrities in their time, and she illuminates the soft power aristocratic women had, if they were allowed to wield it.” ~~ New Hampshire Sunday News
“Marvelously detailed . . . a rich and unique perspective on the times. A must-read for any Stuart-era fan." ~~ Rebecca Henderson Palmer
“Meticulously researched . . . an impressive cast of real-life characters brought to vibrant life. Margaret Porter crafts her story with exquisite detail, transporting the reader into a world full of intrigue, scandal, and breathtaking danger . . . a masterful writer.” ~~ Award-winning author M. Reed McCall
“With elegant prose and vivid detail, A Pledge of Better Times sweeps you into late Stuart England." ~~ Marci Jefferson, author of Enchantress of Paris and Girl on the Golden Coin
“A portrait of Diana de Vere as rich as the portraits that grace British museums and palaces.” ~~ Christy K Robinson, author of Mary Dyer Illuminated
"The sparkling, dangerous, enticing post-Restoration period comes to vivid life! I couldn't stop reading!" ~~ Amanda Carmack, of Murder in the Queen's Garden: An Elizabethan Mystery
After a summer of writers' conferences and receiving visitors from afar, I made my my annual trip to England, this time returning to Somerset--and London, of course. In addition to chasing my current protagonist and characters from novels future and past, I spent time with author friends and colleaugues from London Historians, and visited museum and galleries. I'm nearing completion of a 20th century biographical novel--for me, a new time period. I refer to it as the Super Secret Project. One of my famous characters would probably approve of that working title!
I'm a lifelong reader of historical fiction, and thus far all my published novels have been set in the past. As historian, I enjoy discovering ways in which our forbears and their culture seem similar--and yet so different--to those of us privileged to live in modern times. I regard fiction set in the past as entertainment, while being very much aware that it can simultaneously inform and enlighten.
I often have a close personal connection to the people whose stories I tell. In some cases there's a genealogical tie. Or we might share a profession (theatre, writing, film) or a favorite pastime (gardening, music). Unlike my royal characters, I've not ruled a country--and I don't want to, either! But I've had experience in governing and public service.
Because I truly enjoy researching my novels, I go to great lengths--and distances--to bring my subjects and their world to life. This website is a place to share some of what I learn in the process.
Enjoy your stay!
NH Writers Project Interview
Writing Superheroes: Margaret Porter
Rebecca J. Henderson Palmer Blog
The Proposal & A Pledge of Better Times
From Filmmaker to Bestseller