Madeleine Robins


Will there be another Sarah Tolerance book?

YES!  The Sleeping Partner was published in October 2011.  Go here for information on ordering.  I am currently working on a new (as yet untitled) book in the series.

Why the switch from Forge for the series?

The economics of publishing.  The books sold very nicely in hardcover, then went out to the chain bookstores in paperback and…did not.  Partly, I suspect, because they are a hard to place in the right section: are they mysteries? historicals? alternate-history? romance?  I think they’ll work better for a small press like Plus One, with a different marketing strategy.

What else have you been writing?

I just turned in Sold for Endless Rue, a straight historical, to Forge Books.  It is set in early 13th century Salerno, site of the first medical school in Europe, where women as well as men were trained as, and practiced as, doctors, and it is (structurally, at least) patterned on Rapunzel.  The book is scheduled for release in May, 2013.

What about genre work?

I am also outlining a present day fantasy set in San Francisco, and working on a couple of short stories.

Will there ever be a sequel to The Stone War?

I’ve toyed with the idea–I have a title, a focal character, and a setup for it–but it’s not the first thing on the list right now.

What’s with the cakes?

A few years ago I took a cake decorating class, and really liked it (although I think I scared my teacher, who has much more traditional ideas than I do).  Now, while I’m by no means a professional, I sometimes make cakes to order.  It’s like being paid to play with my food,


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