My novel, Victorine, featuring Edouard Manet’s favorite model, is on its way!

Victorine. I spent months researching about her, writing about her. Dreaming of her.

Meurent montage

She was Edouard Manet’s favorite model. She was her own favorite model, too, when she went to art school and became a painter! Needless to say, this novel is historical fiction, in case that’s your jam. (I adore it!)

The collage above shows paintings of her not only by Manet, but also by Alfred Stevens.

It seems I’ve shared the news everywhere but over here. Guess what? She’s on her way!Late this year or early next, I will my book about her in my  hands. I can’t wait!

She will be published by Fleur-de-Lis Press, and I couldn’t be happier!

Did I mention this is my first novel? Surely you can imagine how much happy dancing has been happening in our household! I even wrote an essay about it. More on that later!

In the weeks and months to come I’ll be sharing more of the Victorine story: what drew me to her, my discoveries along the way, and more about the paintings she sat for. More of her history.

If you want to know more, please follow me on the social medias: Twitter (@dremadrudge), Facebook (Drema Sizemore Drudge), and Instagram (Drema Drudge).

Hubby and I are launching a podcast, Writing All the Things, in June 2019, and I daresay Victorine news will spill over to it as well. You can learn more about it at: Or join our Facebook Writing All the Things Podcast Group.

What would you like me to share with you about Victorine? I’m open.

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7 thoughts on “My novel, Victorine, featuring Edouard Manet’s favorite model, is on its way!

  1. So many congratulations, dear Drema! How wonderful. I look forward to more details. Also, would either you/Barry or both be open to a phone/Skype chat about the podcast? I’m trying to get mine going and I’d love to talk and pick your brains and also how we can help promote yours and also others from Spalding! Have a lovely day and weekend!

    1. Hi Terry, So sorry that this comment just showed up…technical difficulties. LOL. We’d love to speak with you about the podcast and how to support and promote all our Spalding family.

      The second week of May would be good to speak (Barry’s having his second carpal tunnel surgery this week.). Email me to arrange a time? 🙂

    1. Thanks, Ashley! It’s been a long journey, but I enjoyed every step. I think the hardest thing was not talking more openly about the book when I love the subject so much!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment…I hope your writing is going great. 😊 I think of you every time I see House of Leaves on my bookshelf.

      1. Do you mean, not talking more openly about your book while it was on submission? And yes, I can see how that would be hard. I love art too, and if I was about to have a book like that published, um, I’d probably be expounding to anyone who listened on how my writing in the book imitated the play of shadow and light in Manet’s work.

        I LOVE that House of Leaves could remind anyone of me. That book left its brand on me.

  2. Yeah, it was tough not blabbing to everyone who would listen about Victorine the woman and the book! I was living in the middle of it for so long. And then when it went on submission I for sure had to be quiet about it…now I get to talk about her all day long!

    I should have guessed that you love art too! Yay!

    Thanks for all the support!

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