Christy Matheson, Author

Historical Romantic Women's Fiction

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Author & Artist

My novels are relationship-driven historical fiction. You’ll find not only lots of romance, but also the love between siblings and cousins, the special intensity of women’s friendship, and always ending with a community of found family.

My historical area of expertise is the early 1800’s in Britain, but as I travel around the world I am often struck by a particularly interesting historical conundrum — thus envisioning several novels set in mid-1800’s Costa Rica. Other times, I know my characters are abroad and I set them in a place I love, like Istanbul.

For my entire life, I have lived abroad and traveled extensively, which informs my awareness of the importance of diverse representation.

As an embroidery artist, I specializing in thread painting and wool felt applique. I sew all my own clothes and am passionate about adjusting clothing to fit each person’s unique and beautiful body. (This body positivity is also important in my novels.) I love teaching, sharing, and helping others learn fiber arts!

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Christy's Embroidery Art

Historic Romantic Women's Fiction

Books by Christy Matheson

Writing Questions

Why do I write 1820's England? Why the upper classes? Why do I write love stories? What is my inspiration or process? FAQ's and interesting questions here.

My Books

Read the pitches & blurbs for different novels that I have imagined. See publication status updates.

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I have a query packet available, and here are more details beyond what is in the simple packet.

Christy Matheson, birding in Costa Rica
Christy Matheson birding in Costa Rica

Find, follow & Connect

I share travel pictures and historical details on my author Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

My artist posts are often small snippets of philosophy and the interaction with everyday life via stitching and embroidery.

My newsletter will be all of the above plus tea, gardening, and Shelties — coming soon.

If you wish to be on my beta reader team, or have historical expertise you’d like to share, please email me at the “contact” button below.