In the past, I've talked about what I read during the writing of one of my books. I'm a bit behind on this one, seeing as I turned in DEEP IN THE WOODS, Vampire Babylon, Book Six, about a week ago, but I thought I'd share this little tidbit with you.
Since the London trilogy portion of the VB series takes place in...well, London...I was listening to audio books that feature British speakers. Listening helps me to get the flow of the appropriate dialog and narrative. This time, my main source for audio cues was THE DIANA CHRONICLES, written by Tina Brown. This is a biography about Princess Di, of course, and it provided a lot of sheer entertainment along with auditory value for me.
I don't know about you guys, but Diana's death was one of those moments where I remember exactly what I was doing when I heard about it. So was her wedding to Charles. Like many people, I connected with her, even though I would never know her. So it was somewhat tough to read this book, which doesn't paint a worshipful picture of Diana at all--it features all those rumored flaws you heard about in the press like the bulimia, the manipulation of the tabloids, the affairs. What comes out of this document is a story about a highly conflicted woman who really did love Charles in a fantasy-driven way. Brown seems to blame this lack of reality in Diana's love life partially on romance novels, which I thought was interesting. (In fact Brown's disdain for them comes out very clearly.) But Diana also comes off as a very astute "tactician," and anyone who knew how to work the press as she did surely deserves such a title.
Worth a read if you want to see Diana in a light that shows warts and all.