Doesn’t the title of this post sound exactly like the secret manuscript Eloise is searching for in the Pink prologue?
Today, I am hosting a guest blogger: Alison, from Hardcovers and Heroines. When Alison learned about Pink for All Seasons, she volunteered to write a post for the project about how she became a fan of the series. Without further ado, I will give you Alison in her own words:
My aunt picked up the first Pink Carnation book based on the cover and the staff recommendation at Barnes and Noble. She quickly was telling everyone how fantastic the book was, and decided to invite Lauren Willig to attend The Annapolis Book Festival (an event that my mother and aunt started when I was in high school). She even invited Lauren to stay at her house. Despite still being in law school and near finals time, Lauren said yes.
I was given the exciting task of picking Lauren up at the airport and showing her around Annapolis with my mother before the festival events began. I had long been interested in writing and spending time with a real, published author felt thrilling. Plus Lauren was just about the nicest and most understanding person ever, asking me about what colleges I was looking at and the kinds of stories I liked to write.
Lauren was so funny and clever in person that I bought the first two books and devoured them. I’d been a long-time fan of romance novels, chick lit, and historical fiction. Both The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Mask of the Black Tulip blended these genres together seamlessly. They also contained just as much intelligence and humor as Lauren displayed in person. Reading a book that contained both Shakespeare allusions and an almost-sex scene on the floor of a dirty boat felt like a revelation. I especially identified with Henrietta and developed one of the biggest literary crushes of my life on Miles. Who doesn’t find knee breeches and ginger biscuits a winsome combination?
I made most of my friends, who were much more into classics and literary fiction, read the books. Somehow I even convinced my librarian to order the books for our small school library. When I went to college, I brought my two signed books with me to put with just a few other favorites on my tiny shelf.
I’ve been a loyal Pink reader (and reader of Lauren’s more recent standalone books) ever since.
Thanks for sharing, Alison! For all you other Pink Enthusiasts, tell me – how did you find the Pink books?