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Email required Address never made public. Name required. Sign up for my 17th Century Broadsheet! Subscribe for book related news and you'll be entered into a monthly draw for a free kindle ebook of Traitor's Knot. Search for:. I really enjoy your blog. Things are going well. Q: How did you make the switch from actress to writer? Do you visualize your scenes in your head? A: The switch from acting to writing felt like a very natural one.
And, yes, I do visualize scenes. My writing style is cinematic. I am more far behind than my liking. If other readers are too, would you mind telling us about your other books and if they tie in together or can be read stand alone? A: Blood Between Queens is book 5 of my Thornleigh Saga, which follows a fictional middle-class English family through three tumultuous Tudor reigns. What do you feel makes it stand apart and leads to it being one of the most historical time periods written about?
A: The Tudor era fascinates people, and for good reason. It was a time of extraordinary energy that burst forth in a brilliant flowering of the arts and in bold naval exploration, but it was also a time of violence and savage religious persecution. Q: Do you do a great amount of research for your books? What has been your favorite find? Who is your favorite historical person to learn about and why? Soon after she married Philip of Spain,.
Mary joyfully announced that she was pregnant and passed the next months employing her gentlewomen to sew baby clothes, and sending ecstatic notices to foreign heads of state about the imminent birth. But her time came to deliver. There was no baby. It was a phantom pregnancy. Court gossip raged as Mary remained holed up in her private rooms, and foreign ambassadors wrote home about the situation with increasing astonishment as Mary willed herself to believe she really was pregnant right through the tenth month.
Some modern scholars have attributed her malady to uterine cancer. Do you feel that Queen Elizabeth was justified in her spying escapades during her reign or was she overly paranoid? A: Oh, I believe Elizabeth was fully justified in her wariness about Mary. Mary smuggled letters out to her supporters in France and Spain, actively encouraging an invasion of England that would depose Elizabeth and put Mary on her throne.
In her famous letter that became the climax of the Babbington plot, Mary made it very clear that she was promoting an assassination attempt against Elizabeth. Would you mind sharing the story and what your intent was for readers with the title? A: Yes, while I was writing this story I called it The Dangerous Queen, because I liked the idea of letting readers decide which was the dangerous one: Elizabeth or Mary.
But neither I nor my editor at Kensington Books really loved that title. We discussed it, and she offered some other suggestions. For a while we settled on Blood Cousins, Rival Queens. What are some of your own favorites? A: Being transported to another time via a story is always a thrill, especially when that time is fraught with the tensions of royal enmity, political danger, and adventure. When the mutineers cast him and eighteen other men adrift in a small boat with meager rations, Bligh, in an epic forty-seven day journey, got all but one of his men across over three thousand miles of ocean to a safe landfall.
What were the challenges and the successes? Before Kensington published my historical novels I wrote three contemporary thrillers under the pen-name Stephen Kyle for Warner Books now Grand Central.
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Q: What women in history intrigue you? Though we know times have a changed for women overall, even if still needing to be changed further, what do you feel have been the most positive advancements and what do you feel are important issues that society still needs to work on? A: The woman who intrigues me most is Elizabeth I of England — a shrewd, almost Machiavellian ruler, yet a passionate woman who sincerely loved her people. It's a risky game, but Honor is sure she's playing it well--until she's proven wrong.
Richard Thornleigh may cut a dashing figure at court, but Honor isn't taken in by his reckless charm. Only later does Honor realize that Richard has awakened something within her--and that he, too, has something to hide For the King's actions are merely one knot in a twisted web that stretches across Europe, ensnaring everyone from the lowliest of peasants to the most powerful of nobles.