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Original air date: Oct. 20, 2012
Elena Maria Vidal grew up in the countryside outside of Frederick, Maryland, "fair as the garden of the Lord" as the poet Whittier said. As a child she read so many books that her mother had to put restrictions on her hours of reading. During her teenage years, she spent much of her free time writing stories and short novels.
During a trip to Austria in 1995 she visited the tomb of Empress Maria Theresa in the Capuchin crypt in Vienna. Afterwards she decided to finish a novel about Marie-Antoinette she had started writing ten years before but had put aside. In 1997 her first historical novel TRIANON was published by St. Michael's Press. In 2000, the sequel MADAME ROYALE was published, as well as the second edition of TRIANON, by The Neumann Press. Both books found an international following which continues to this day.
In November 2009, THE NIGHT'S DARK SHADE: A NOVEL OF THE CATHARS was published by Mayapple Books. Elena has written for Canticle Magazine, Touchstone Magazine, The American Conservative and The National Observer.
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