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Whether I’m recreating the story of a legendary woman from history or the fictional drama of a Tudor spy, for me writing historical fiction is an exciting journey into the unknown. There is always a secret to uncover behind the portrait, a mystery to explore within the legend, a hidden motivation under the fact. I write historical fiction for the same reason that I read it: because I crave the emotion of the past.

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Thank you for visiting me!

To schedule a book club chat with me, please visit my contact page.

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Buy C.W.'s Books

The First Actress -- C.W. Gortner
Now available in paperback!

Romanov Empress -- C.W. Gortner The Vatican Princess -- CW Gortner Marlene -- C.W. Gortner Mademoiselle Chanel -- C.W. Gortner The Queen's Vow -- C.W. Gortner The Confessions of Catherine de Medici -- C.W. Gortner

"C.W. Gortner has an uncanny ability to delve into the intense humanness of his characters.”

Margaret George, NYT bestselling author


"Emotional and political tensions soar . . . Disturbing secrets and manipulations wickedly twist this enthralling story, brilliantly told."

Publishers Weekly


"Gortner has again produced a richly detailed book that is hard to put down."

The Historical Novels Review