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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2019 9:07 p.m. PST

"…About forty years ago, I was an Acquisitions Editor for Methuen in Toronto, responsible for expanding their children's and educational book publishing programs. At the time, I was thinking about developing a line of YA biographies that would show what teen life was like in the past. As a first step, I went to the library and took out a YA biography, and it just happened to be about Napoleon's wife, Josephine. I was blown away. What a life! Josephine sparked my interest not only in French history, but in history in general.

The next day, I went back to the library and took out several more biographies about her. I knew even then that I would write about Josephine "someday," but I also knew (wisely), that I first needed to learn how to write…."
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