I’m a writer, a professor, a mother – and a wife. My husband Alessandro is Italian, born in Florence. We spend the lazy summer months with his mother and sister in Italy. It always strikes me as a huge irony that as a romance writer I find myself married to a knight, a cavaliere, as you say in Italian.
I write novels as Eloisa James and Mary Bly, but when I’m not writing, I’m Professor Bly, who teaches Shakespeare at Fordham. It’s rather like having two lives. The other day I bought a delicious pink suit to tape a television segment on romance; I’ll never wear that suit to teach in, nor even to give a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America conference. It’s like being Superman, with power suits for both lives. Yet the literature professor in me certainly plays into my romances. The Taming of the Duke (April 2006) has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my novels. I often weave early modern poetry into my work; the same novel might contain bits of Catullus, Shakespeare and anonymous bawdy ballads from the 16th century.
Read all about Eloisa/Mary on her website.
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Eloisa James/Mary Bly has generously donated swag to the Friends of the Ashland Public Library for our online Romance Swag Bag Auction 2023, helping raise funds to support our library programs for all ages. We are so grateful!