Blog Tour Stop!: “A Mad, Wicked Folly” by Sharon Biggs Walker

Hey, everyone! Welcome to my stop on the “Mad, Wicked Folly” blog tour! I’m currently reading the book, and man, I’m loving what I’m seeing. Golden Age/Fin de Siecle France, England, and art, as well as challenging traditional female roles? Yes, please. Also, THAT COVER.

Today we have Walker talking about first seeing the cover for the book, which is kind of awesome. You do see authors talking about “yay, cover art” on twitter, but here I feel like we get a good, in depth look at the process, too. Which is awesome. So, without further ado, let’s see how Walker feels about her cover – after the jump.

The day my cover art came in was so exciting.  I was on the phone to my friend Terri in England when the email notice chimed.  I forwarded the email to Terri and we opened it at the same time.  We both screamed and I jumped up and ran around the house. I think I scared the cats! The cover was absolutely perfect and I loved it from the start.

There’s not all that much of a story behind it because it went really smoothly right away.  It was everyone’s first choice.  My editor, Leila Sales, looked at 18 different versions of the same image with the sky doing different things, but I think she and I were on some kind of mind meld because we both loved it for the same reasons.  The cover is like a dream Vicky would have. She’s floating over the city, looking down at Piccadilly Circus, which leads to various streets.  Which one will she choose? Which way will she go? The dress is not accurate, Edwardian dresses were more streamlined, but no one minded because that dress is so eye-catching and beautiful, and honestly, Vicky is not one to follow trends so why should her book cover dress? I also loved how Vicky’s hair is down.  It represents the freedom she craves and how she sees herself. And blue and yellow are my favorite colors, especially paired together like that.

A Mad, Wicked Folly Synopsis:

The year is 1909. After seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling poses nude for her art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school and shipped back to London to live with her parents. To minimize the scandal Vicky has caused, her parents inform her that she is to marry the young man they have selected for her, Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. She is not to continue painting. Vicky knows little about Edmund but accepts the match, reasoning that she can use his money to pay for tuition at the Royal College of Art.

But things don’t go according to plan. Despite her engagement, Vicky develops an interest in the handsome young police constable William Fletcher, an aspiring novelist who encourages Vicky to pursue her dreams. She goes quickly from seeing Will as an artistic muse to seeing him as much more, all the while knowing that she could never be with a man so far below her class.

When Vicky becomes entangled with a group of suffragettes, she comes to realize that the constraints on her aspirations and independence don’t apply only to her—they apply to all women. But how can she fight for women’s equality and pursue the life that she wants without driving away everyone and everything that she’s known?

About Sharon Biggs Waller:

Sharon Biggs Waller is a novelist and award-winning non-fiction writer who lives on a 10-acre sustainable farm in northwest Indiana with two horses, four dairy goats, four cats, two dogs, and 60 laying hens. She is a dressage trainer who for many years was a Civil Service Club instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace in London.  Visit her at or on Twitter @Sbiggswaller.


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