I heard this author read a few years ago at the Ontario Writers’ Conference in Ajax.

Here’s a bit of her bio from the bookreporter website. Eva’s website contains a calendar of her upcoming readings and a cast of characters from Empress of the Night.

Eva Stachniak was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She moved to Canada in 1981 and has worked for Radio Canada International and Sheridan College, where she taught English and humanities. Her first short story, “Marble Heroes,” was published by The Antigonish Review in 1994, and her debut novel, NECESSARY LIES, won the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2000. She is also the author of GARDEN OF VENUS, which has been translated into seven languages. Stachniak lives in Toronto. I found her to be a very interesting speaker.

This is a snazzy trailer for her book. Yes, I bought it. Got it signed, too. I enjoy well-written historical fiction.