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      Welcome to my author website. Here you will find information about me, my novels, the link to my blog, and you can sign up to receive my occasional author newsletter.

     The Limits of Limelight is my latest release, my 14th novel, and features Phyllis Fraser (whose first cousin was Ginger Rogers), plus many more notable figures of Golden Age Hollywood and literary New York. Reviews have been truly gratifying!

"An engrossing glimpse into a bygone era and the forces affecting a young woman's evolution into her own abilities and adulthood . . . vigorous and involving to the end." ~ Midwest Book Review

"Based on a true story . . . . A witty and meticulously researched treat." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"True to its title, The Limits of Limelight illuminates Hollywood's history in glowing detail." ~ Washington Independent Review of Books

"A biographical novel as bright as the Golden Era . . . A lovely tribute to the larger-than-life celebrities of early Hollywood . . . a glitz and glamour novel that shines brighter the deeper you go." ~ Independent Book Review

"A time capsule of Hollywood's Golden Era . . . a captivating novel of Tinsel Town's perils and pitfalls, trade-offs and triumphs!" ~ Leslie Carroll, author of American Princess

"Porter's elegant, warm and well-researched novel is a joy to read! Perfect for lovers of historical fiction and tales of remarkable women. 5 of 5 Stars." ~ Literary Redhead, Goodreads

      The Myrtle Wand, my next novel, was a chance to explore some familiar areas of France, and allowed me to revisit the 17th century (which I explored in A Pledge of Better Times) and the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV. The main characters are fictional, but the minor ones are not. News about its release will soon be available. My current project, a return to biographical fiction, takes me back to the theatrical realm of 18th century England.

I'm a lifelong reader of historical fiction, and thus far all my published novels have been set in the past. As historian, I enjoy discovering ways in which our forbears and their culture seem similar--and yet so different--to those of us privileged to live in modern times. I regard fiction set in the past as entertainment, while being very much aware that it can simultaneously inform and enlighten.

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     I often have a close personal connection to the people whose stories I tell. In some cases there's a genealogical tie. Or we might share a profession (theatre, writing, film) or a favorite pastime (gardening, music). Unlike my royal characters, I've not ruled a country--and I don't want to, either! But I've had experience in governing and public service.

     Because I truly enjoy researching my novels, I go to great lengths--and distances--to bring my subjects and their world to life. This website is a place to share some of what I learn in the process.

Enjoy your stay!

Author Margaret Porter

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