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Lady Walker's Diary

The Inspiration for Caterina by Moonlight

I visited Florence, Italy, in October of 2019, just before the Covid plague hit the world...and I fell in love with the city and its history. At the Uffizi Gallery, the largest collection of renaissance paintings in the world, I noticed the point in time when faces went from stylized to specific, and wanted my characters to be the recognizable people in those paintings. Botticelli became an important supporting character. I based the novel on the history from 1465 to 1490 -- a period rich in drama! I spent the entire pandemic in the late 15th century, researching and writing, the characters channeling themselves through me, dictating their dialogue.

Overlooking the Arno River with the Ponte Vecchio in the background


Jimi Hendrix
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Maddy in Pakistan
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