The Fun Five:
- What part of the world do you come from? East Anglia
- What did you want to be when you grew up? Oh, the usual things. A princess or an actress! I never had a clear idea of wanting to be ‘an’ anything, even when I got older. Of course I had the occasional fantasy about being an internationally acclaimed writer, but that’s about it.
- List three words to describe yourself. Totally Hot Babe. I am. Honest.
- Who would play you in a film about your life? I’d like to say Scarlett Johansson or Evangeline Lily but I suspect Rick Parfitt of Status Quo might be more apt. He’d need a sex change, of course, but I hear he does like to cross-dress.
- Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? No. I write. No time for much else. I could list some other stuff I like doing but it’s not very interesting. I’m great at backgammon against the computer. Oh yeah. That’s not very interesting, sorry….
The Sensible Seven:
- What/who inspired you to write your first book? No-one and nothing, I don’t think! I’d always read a lot and written stuff and one day when I had a lot of time on my hands in 1993, I thought, I wonder if I could write a novel. So I put pen to paper!
- Give us the title and genre of your latest book and a brief tagline. Last Child. It’s a contemporary drama with a historical twist. Tagline: Imagine the Tudor court set in the present day…
- When you wrote Kings and Queens did you plan to write a series? No, I don’t really do series. I’d always planned a sequel if the book worked, but I prefer to write one-offs. Having said that, the other day another writer (April Taylor) gave me a great idea for how to carry the story on…! But Last Child ends in March 2015 so I’ll have to wait at least two years.
- Once you had chosen to write these books how did you begin researching such a huge topic? (I’m having a History class flashback about all those dates!) I already knew the stories well; it was my interest in Tudor history that made me want to write them. I just read several more books, both fact and fiction, that cover the periods, to remind myself of details and get different outlooks on the relationships between the characters.
- I love the diversity of your writing and the inclusion of many every day issues tied in with romance and mystery. What are you enjoying most about writing historical fiction? Thank you, Shelley! Well, I don’t really write historical fiction, it’s just a modern day version of it, which is much easier. I love the reading, of course, but also seeing the reaction of readers who might see certain characters’ historical counterparts differently.
- What can we expect from you in the future? Ah – I’m writing another modern day-history parallel. This time I’m doing the Wars of the Roses, and it’s MUCH more difficult. It’s completely unrelated to the stories in Kings and Queens and Last Child. I’ve done an extensive basic plan as it’s a more complicated story; it’s been hard to decide what to keep in and what to leave out, and it necessitates me writing a murder and kidnapping, too, which is going to be something new for me. I’ve decided to write it from the points of view of the women involved ~ Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, the Neville sisters and one of Edward IV’s mistresses, Jane Shore. I have a lot more research to do, as well, but I am doing it as I go along, this time. At the time of writing this (March 13) I’ve written about 15K words of the first draft. A long way to go!
- How can we contact you or find out more about your books? They’re all available only as ebooks on Amazon. Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, Shelley, and here are all my links:
Book Review Blog
UK Arts Directory Blog (about self-publishing)