Thank you for visiting my author website. Here you will find information about the novels I write, the real people and places that inspire my storytelling, and a blog.
My next novel, A Pledge of Better Times, will be released in April 2015. It has just been named one of the "Books to Read in 2015" by the Book Drunkard blog--very exciting. Advance readers have been very generous:
“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
I recently returned from England, collecting material for future blog posts and having some amazing book-related experiences.
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) 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!