C.W. Gortner holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies from the New College of California.
In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall and experienced life in a Spanish castle. His novels have garnered international praise and been translated into thirteen languages to date. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights and environmental issues.
C.W.’s third historical novel, The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile is now available in the US. UK publication date is January 2013.
He’s currently at work on his fourth novel for Ballantine Books, about the early years of Lucrezia Borgia, as well as the third novel in his Tudor series,The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles (US) or Elizabeth’s Spymaster (UK).
Half-Spanish by birth, C.W. lives in Northern California
C.W. will be a Guest of Honor at the Historical Novel Society’s 2013 Conference in St Petersburg, Florida.
C.W. has sold his fourth historical novel about Lucrezia Borgia, one of the subjects of Showtime’s new original series about the infamous Italian clan. Ballantine Books will publish his still-untitled book about the 15th-century beauty who was the daughter of the vicious Spanish-born Rodrigo Borgia (who later became Pope Alexander VI) and is rumored, among other things, to have been the lover of both her father and her brother.
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