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Robin Maxwell’s latest novel, “Signora da Vinci.”

Robin Maxwell’s latest novel, “Signora da Vinci.”

New Jersey native Robin Maxwell was a successful occupational therapist when the 15th and 16th centuries and women “ahead of their time” became her obsession. She moved to Hollywood, became a parrot tamer, casting director and finally, a screenwriter. Working for the major studios and networks, Maxwell wrote comedies, dramas and feature animations for Disney. Her credits include “Passions,“ a CBS movie of the week starring Joanne Woodward.
Her infamous ‘women’ would not leave her alone, however, resulting in her award-winning “Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn,” which was published in 1997 and is now in its 25th printing. She followed this with “The Queen’s Bastard” (1999), the Los Angeles Times bestseller “Virgin: Prelude to the Throne” (2001) and “The Wild Irish” (2003) that together form her “Elizabethan Quartet.”
“To The Tower Born” (2005) took Maxwell back a century to delve into the lives of Elizabeth I and Henry VIII Tudor ancestors, and “Mademoiselle Boleyn” (2007) took her into the fascinating childhood of the heroine who inspired her career as an author. With her seventh novel, “Signora da Vinci,” the author left England and Ireland behind to explore the Italian Renaissance. She remains in 15th century Florence for the upcoming “O, Juliet,” an imagining of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers.
The books have seen publication in England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Czech Republic, the Ukraine, Japan and all the Spanish-speaking countries in the world. Several books are in large print and audio format. She is also busy adapting her novels for the screen.