Elizabeth Storrs, author of The Wedding Shroud, has tagged me in the author blog hop, The Next Big Thing.
Like me, Elisabeth is from the Land Down Under but her heart is in Italy. Her wonderful novel, The Wedding Shroud, (shortly to be reviewed here), is set in early Rome and Etruria. It is a bestseller on Amazon, moving into the top ten in Historical Fiction.
You can read her contribution to The Next Big Thing right here.
You can also buy The Wedding Shroud on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Wedding-Shroud-Ancient-ebook/dp/B008PHH7W4/
Here’s my interview for The Next Big Thing:
1. What is the working title of your next book?
It’s called ‘Isabella, Braveheart of France.’ It’s based on the life of the brilliant and ballsy woman who had the misfortune of being married to Edward II of England. Later commentators referred to her as a ‘she-wolf’ – in fact she was one of the most capable and courageous women of the Middle Ages. She was loyal to a fault, devoting herself to a weak and feckless husband who was also on the downlow – but finally he pushes her too far. She then does everything a woman and a queen of that time was absolutely not supposed to do – and succeeded.
2. Where the the idea come from for the book?
I was writing a post for History and Women, and the idea for the narrative came to me fully formed. It’s not about Isabella’s whole life – it’s a narrative from the moment she meets Edward on her wedding day – she was 12 years old – until his death.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Romantic historical fiction.
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in amovie rendition?
If Steven Spielberg wants to give me a call, I’d go easy on him and let him choose whoever he wants.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It’s about a princess taught from the cradle to love, honor and obey – but then her marriage to a king teaches her she must first be loyal to herself if she is to save her children’s lives – and her own.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
7.How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think if you like writers like Anya Seton, Sherry Jones, Philippa Gregory or CW Gortner, then I think you’ll like this.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Brilliant women who sacrifice their own destinies for the men they love – or to honour a feminine imperative that does not serve them – is a timeless story. And Edward, for all his monstrous faults, cuts a tragic figure. It’s a fascinating story where justice is finally served, yet remains so poignant. I couldn’t stop myself writing it.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s essentially two love triangles, one after the other – forbidden ones. I was also intrigued how each of these characters has such a raw wound from their past – and I think most readers will feel that wound in some way too.
Authors I have tagged for the next round are:
CC McKenzie is a wife, and mother of three, based in Cheshire, U.K. She has dreamt of writing stories since chilldhood but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her careers in banking, fitness, interior design and construction. Reckless Nights in Rome is her first novel, followed by ‘A Stormy Spring’ in August 2012 and Run Rosie Run in December 2012 . She is currently finishing three more Contemporary Romances due for release in 2013 and is working on a vampire paranormal saga. Her blog is here.
Diana Capri is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America. After her publisher’s bankruptcy, while she was writing Fatal Distraction, she was invited to join International Thriller Writers at its inception and became a member of the board along with her friend, the #1 International Bestselling author, Lee Child.
Lisa J. Yarde is the author of two historical novels set in medieval England and Normandy, The Burning Candle, based on the life of Isabel de Vermandois, and On Falcon’s Wings, which chronicles the star-crossed romance between Norman and Saxon lovers in the medieval period. She has also written Sultana and Sultana’s Legacy, novels set during a turbulent period of thirteenth century Spain. Born in Barbados, Lisa currently lives in New York City. She moderates at Unusual Historicals. She is also a regular contributor at Historical Novel Review and History and Women. Her personal blog is here.
How The Next Big Thing Blog hop works: An author answers ten questions and then tags five authors (well does their best to find them!) to do the same thing the following week on the same day, which in this case is a Wednesday.
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