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My original plan for the Carsington series was a trilogy dealing with the three pesky younger sons, and Lord Hargate’s machinations to get them married to rich girls.
When my brilliant agent suggested a series about misbehaving noblemen, my heart soared and my imagination went to work.
The result is Their Dis-Graces: the Dukes of Ripley, Blackwood, and Ashmont.
What about the rest of the family, the ones living abroad? Eventually the imaginings settled down to one family, whose premise was, What if one of the Dreadful De Luceys married her French counterpart?
The result, in my fevered brain, was a series about this couple’s offspring, a trio of purveyors of high fashion in the 1830s.