Secret Memoirs of Mary Shelley: The Frankenstein Diaries by Michael January

The real love story of Frankenstein – In 1814, 16 year old Mary Godwin eloped to Paris with the 22 year old married poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, taking Mary’s 15 year old step-sister Claire with them. Two teenage girls and the romantic poet of “free love” would walk across war ravaged France to Switzerland and…

The real love story of Frankenstein – In 1814, 16 year old Mary Godwin eloped to Paris with the 22 year old married poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, taking Mary’s 15 year old step-sister Claire with them. Two teenage girls and the romantic poet of “free love” would walk across war ravaged France to Switzerland and up the Rhine River to a castle called Frankenstein on an intimate journey of love, sexual awakening, self-discovery, philosophy and ideas, and find the real inspiration for the most famous name in literature. In this recently discovered secret autobiography, Mary Shelley reveals the intimate truth of that trip, the story of a rivalry between two sisters and her confession of the “lie” she had told about the origins her famous book that has been retold again and again for 200 years.

In her published diary of “History of a Six Week’s Tour” Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote of where they went and what they saw, but never until now has been revealed the true intimate secrets of where inspiration arose. Released from a promise to keep portions of the journey secret, Mary Shelley lays her soul bare in the shocking intimacy of love, loss and betrayal, the search for a mother’s validation, and inspiration as a woman artist discovering her voice. You have never seen Mary Shelley like this before, so put down those biographies and enter the mind of the most famous woman author of the past two centuries and discover who was the real “monster” of Frankenstein. You will never read that book the same again.
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A great read. I am a fan of historical fiction …”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Ann Verona

A great read. I am a fan of historical fiction and memoirs. This story has both. Haunting and involving, the author takes us on a journey of love and adventure with undercurrents of the angst of these two highly creative people. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly meets and falls in love with the renowned, married poet, Percy Bysshe Shelly, in London. They run away together, she bringing her stepsister with her, to travel across France on a donkey on their way to the lakes and mountains of Switzerland. As the story progresses, Mary begins to keep a journal. She dreams, and we realize these dreams are becoming the basis for the great story Frankenstein. A complicated love story, this novel lets us see behind the scenes, glimpsing into the private worlds of these two remarkable individuals. We suffer with them, knowing great works of poetry and fiction will follow. We hear Mary Shelly in her own words writing in her journal; telling us her story. A great blend of truth and good story telling.

About the Author

Michael January is a writer for film and television as well as a travel writer and photographer. His “Favorite Castles” book series is in its fourth edition with “Favorite Castles of Germany” and “Favorite Castles of Switzerland” as well as England, Wales and the Castles of Ireland. He regularly writes of historical connections and has followed in the literal footsteps the Romantic writers. “The Secret Memoirs of Mary Shelley: Frankenstein Diaries – The Romantics” is his first historical novel.

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