The year was 1966 and I was a readaholic. My mother brought home five massive books of one thousand pages each, and then proceeded to read them every night. As I had never seen my mother read in her life, I was extremely curious. The books were the Angelique series by Anne and Serge Golon. Would you believe that I read all five books (5000 pages) in one night? Yes, that is how exciting those books were. I fell in love with Angelique. I fell in love with Louis XIV, the sun king of France. I fell in love with Joffrey de Peyrac, the love of Angelique’s life, and all these years on, I remember them. And you might even be wondering if there is any connection between the pen name I use - Sophia Angelique - and the greatest love story I ever read.
The books are currently published under Anne Golon’s name only. That is because in 1957, when her book was going to be published in France, the French did not think it a good idea for a woman to be the author. So she compromised and her husband shared equal billing. However, she was the author in every respect.