Are you ever criticized by historians?

Surprisingly: no.

When The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. — the first Josephine B. title — was published I braced myself for an attack by what I thought of as the historical police.

But silence.

In fact, to my very great surprise, when the first of the Trilogy came out in France, a French historian called my publisher to congratulate her on publishing it.

Years later my work was recommended by French historians to a PBS producer of a documentary on Napoleon, which lead to me being interviewed for that series along with historians I admired so much. It was pointed out to me at the time that it was unusual for a novelist to be included as an “expert” in such a program.