Wednesday, February 13, 2013

William & Lucy: A Tale of Suspicion and Love

Congratulations to "Mary P.", the winner in Michael's Giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I’m a Hollywood film editor who always wanted to write a novel. The “seed” for my first book, William & Lucy, came to me through the romantic William Wordsworth poem, “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways.”  It was written about Lucy, who is one of literary history’s more enduring mysteries.

Mysteries have always intrigued me, so I researched Wordsworth’s life and hoped to uncover the elusive Lucy. While searching for her, I discovered a William Wordsworth I knew nothing about. The poet I knew was a dour older gentleman, but the poet I found was a virile young man who fathered of an out-of-wedlock child at 21! This young poet was also a rebelliously outspoken Francophile who dangerously admired all things French at a time when England was at war with France. Not only that, but he associated and collaborated with known subversives, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

I felt that I was really on to something. Ideas began to form and flow. Further research led to Wordsworth’s neighbors, who spun incriminating lies about “the odd man” who resided in a stately mansion without any means of support. He lived with Dorothy, claiming she was his sister. The neighbors thought they knew better and assumed she was the poet’s French whore.
Reacting to the vicious rumors, a tenacious inspector from the English Home Office gathered evidence to have the “spy” hung from the gallows. All of the above are facts gleaned from research. But where was my Lucy? I couldn’t find her.

So, I created Lucy. I made her a simple country girl but intelligent and wise. She was schoolmistress and nanny to children of a wealthy, randy squire. Placing a young, beautiful girl in close proximity to a brute employer gave me the added page-turning conflict and suspense needed to embark upon my novel.  

Being an editor was handy as I cut down my long first drafts and worked to retain the feel and authenticity of the times. I hope you get a chance to read my novel as I would love to hear your opinions.

Win a copy of the romantic William & Lucy: A Tale of Suspense and Love for Valentine’s Day! US/Canada winners can choose a print or ebook version. Winners from all other countries will receive an ebook.

Learn more about Michael Brown and William & Lucy at Tarn Publishing.

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One of the most romantic poems in the history of English literature “She Dwelt Among The Untrodden Ways” was written by William Wordsworth. The subject of his poem was a young woman named Lucy -- she is one of literary history’s most enduring mysteries. Who was Lucy? Where did she come from? Did she ever exist? No one knows.  

This is their story…

It’s 1798. England is at war with France as struggling poet William Wordsworth meets Lucy Sims, a novice painter working as a nanny in the English countryside. They fall into a love burdened by social prejudice, crushing debt and dangerous rumors that threaten to send Wordsworth to the gallows for being a French spy. Meanwhile, Lucy’s employer plans to seduce her and make her his mistress. William and Lucy’s relationship hangs in the balance, until fate intervenes and in a suspense-filled, action-packed finale, their love triumphs and becomes part of literary history. Winner of the 2012 Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction Novel of the Year (1500-1940), Michael Brown’s deeply romantic work establishes William and Lucy as one of the most captivating relationships in literature, and lovingly conveys how the enigmatic young woman became the poet’s muse, much like how Beatrice influenced Dante.

Romanticism in poetry, as personified by Wordsworth, was marked by meditation, worship of nature, and the decision to abandon classical verse by composing poems for the common man. William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge led the way with the second edition of their book Lyrical Ballads, which became the single most important work of poetry in the history of English literature. The Lucy poem in that volume, “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways,” one of five Lucy poems Wordsworth composed during his lifetime, presents Lucy living in rural Somerset and charts her “growth, perfection, and death,” according to literary critic Geoffrey Durant. Lucy’s unresolved identity has intrigued literary historians for ages. 

At long last Michael Brown, through dedicated research and imaginative storytelling, has released the poet laureate from the bondage of his dour portrayal in history and has given us the flesh and blood Wordsworth, a man of adventure and passion. And for the first time ever, the author originates the identity of “Lucy” in a love story that has never been told. 

About the Author
An acclaimed film editor, Michael Brown has won three Emmy Awards, an ACE Eddie Award and a Lifetime Career Achievement Award for feature and TV work. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. As a TV writer, his credits include “CPO Sharkey” (NBC), “Brothers and Sisters” (NBC), “A.E.S. Hudson Street” (ABC), “Three for the Road” (CBS) and “Piper’s Pets” (NBC pilot). He lives in Chatsworth, California with his wife, Holly. William & Lucy is his first novel.

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  1. I love these real mystery stories. The last one I have read and love is My Immortal Beloved (Beethoven). I just can't get over that he has loved his brother's wife and some misunderstanding separated them forever.


    1. Dear Kai,

      I hope you win my giveaway! If you don't you can find it on,, or at
      Best of luck!

      Michael rown

  2. Oh my sounds like a great great read!! Would love to win!!

    mrsworldwidewebb AT gmail DOT com

  3. Sounds like an interesting story.


    1. Dear bn100,
      Research on William Wordsworth opened a whole new page in his life that I had no idea existed and helped immensely in plotting my novel. I unearthed a passionate, rebelluous young man that I hope will surprise and captivate readers. I hope you enjoy the read.
      Go to:

  4. I love it when authors come on here.That way I can find new authors.This book really sounds awesome.Debra Stolhand (

  5. Dear Anonymous,

    And I love the opportunity to present to readers a side of William Wordsworth, that has, to my knowledge, never been revealed. William at 28 years of age was a rebel and a passionate observer of nature, as well as young women. But only one woman will forever be memoralized in history as the mysterious Lucy of his 5 famous poems.
    To read about the turbulent times of their relationship go to:

  6. Sounds like a wonderful story. I remember most of the poets I read in high school - the focus was on interpreting the poem - we rarley read about the poet's life.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  7. A must read for me. This is going to be fabulous.


  8. I would like to read this book. I love a great mystery story.

    pinglecoon at gmail dot com

  9. Your book sounds fascinating Michael!
    Please enter me in your draw.



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