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C W Gortner

(Christopher Gortner)
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aka Christopher Gortner

C W Gortner holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies from the New College of California, as well as an AA from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. After an eleven year-long career in fashion, during which he worked as a vintage retail buyer, freelance publicist, and fashion show coordinator, C.W. devoted the next twelve years to the public health sector. In 2012, he became a full-time writer following the international success of his novels.

Genres: Historical, Historical Mystery
Spymaster Chronicles
   1. The Tudor Secret (2004)
     aka The Secret Lion
   2. The Tudor Conspiracy (2013)
   3. The Tudor Vendetta (2014)
Ania Throne (with M J Rose)
   1. The Steal (2021)
   2. The Bait (2021)
   3. The Heist (2022)
   The Last Queen (2006)
   The Confessions of Catherine de Medici (2010)
   The Queen's Vow (2012)
   Mademoiselle Chanel (2015)
   The Vatican Princess (2016)
   Marlene (2016)
   The Romanov Empress (2018)
   The First Actress (2020)
   The American Adventuress (2022)
C W Gortner recommends
Such Good Friends (2023)
Stephen Greco
"A mesmerizing account of extravagance, glamour, privileged celebrity, and crushing betrayal. Greco's fabled protagonists capture the explosive alchemy between privacy and ambition, and the self-destructive caprices that upended an era."
Courting Dragons (2023)
(King's Fool Mystery, book 1)
Jeri Westerson
"The Tudor court as seen through the eyes of wily Will Somers, Henry VIII's jester, comes to vivid life in this sparkling mystery."
Jacqueline in Paris (2022)
Ann Mah
"Before she became the First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier had the hopes and dreams of all of us in our youth. In this enchanting, engrossing tale of her time in Paris, we discover the young woman whose ambitions propel her to the City of Light, seduced by jazz and haunted by the recent Occupation. Romance collides with newfound maturity as Jackie paves the path to her later global fame. Ann Mah's sensitive portrayal of a woman on the cusp of inevitable change is vivid and unputdownable."

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