Evangeline Holland is the editor and founder of www.EdwardianPromenade.com. Her site enjoys nearly half a million unique viewers a year and considered the number one go-to place for lovers of the Gilded Age, World War I, and La Belle Époque. La Belle Époque was a period of Western and French history between the years 1871 to 1914. The era was associated with a time of peace, prosperity, and optimism. It was also the time of cultural innovations, scientific and technological advancements, and when arts (music, literature, and visual) flourished.
In her biography, Holland credits Victoria Holt, Roberta Gellis, Edith Wharton, and Jane Feather as her influences. Edith Wharton (1862-1937) is a novelist famous for her novels and stories about the wealthy society which she was a part with. Born in America, her work The Age of Innocence won her a Pulitzer award. Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert was also known as Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Eleanor Burford, and many more other pseudonyms. She had different monikers for every different genre she wrote. She used the name Victoria Holt for gothic romances, Jean Plaidy for her European royalty stories, and Philippa Carr for family stories. Her books were sold more than 100 million copies and translated into twenty languages. Another of Holland’s influence, Jane Feather, was an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author that has more than ten million romance novels printed.
Following the popularity of television series Downtown Abbey in 2010, Holland found an opportunity to promote her love for the Edwardian era through writing. She contacted a literary agent Kevin Lyon, who donned the Twitter bio, “historical fiction fanatic”. Lyon noticed that his pool of writers was either retweeting or sharing Holland’s blog and that made him decide to reach out and work with her.
Holland’s blog, www.EdwardianPromenade.com, was created in 2007 and the number one site for Edwardian history. The Edwardian era was a period of British history known for luxury and elegance and ended due to World War 1. In Holland’s blog, she rounded up the period from 1880 to 1914 (around 35 years) although factually it was from 1901 to 1914. Being an aficionado of the Edwardian era, she created the blog to share her enthusiasm with others.