If you tell Nancy Bilyeau that reading one of her historical novels of suspense is like strapping yourself into a time machine, you'll make her a very happy woman. She loves crafting immersive historical stories, whether it's the Gilded Age of New York in "Dreamland" and "The Ghost of Madison Avenue," the 18th-century European porcelain workshops in "The Blue," or Henry VIII's tumultuous England in "The Crown," "The Chalice," and "The Tapestry." In "The Blue," Nancy drew on her own heritage as a Huguenot. She is a direct descendant of Pierre Billiou, a French Huguenot who immigrated to what was then New Amsterdam (later New York City) in 1661. Nancy's ancestor, Isaac, was born on the boat crossing the Atlantic, the St. Jean de Baptiste. Pierre's stone house still stands and is the third oldest house in New York State. Nancy's mind is always in past centuries but she currently lives with her husband and two children in Queens, NY. Her quest to cook the perfectly flavored pasta puttanesca is ongoing.Read more Read less
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