You know I’ve been blogging all over the place this last month about “Kiss of the Rose” and answering questions of all kinds. I thought it would be a good idea to ask myself some ‘frequently asked questions’, just in case any of you were wondering about stuff that comes out in the book or where I got my ideas from.
Q: How did you come up with the idea of putting Vampires into Tudor England?
A: Well this was an odd one. I’d always wanted to write Tudor fiction of some kind, but figured it had already been done so well by others that there wasn’t really much point. However, my agent emailed me last year and asked whether I’d ever thought about writing Tudor Vampires. I thought about it and it seemed to me that the fact that the Tudors came to rule England was, in itself a big surprise, so I theorized that maybe something supernatural had helped them. After that I settled on Henry Tudor being brought up in Wales, added a dash of Druids, tied them in with the Vampires, because of the idea of blood sacrifice, and hey presto! I had a concept!
Q: It was that easy, huh?
A: Not really. Because after I came up with the concept of having six books about King Henry VIII’s six wives and their dabbling in the paranormal world, I had to write a proposal for three books. That took some doing. Luckily I studied Tudor politics and archaeology at university so I had some basic tools to work with.
Q: You make it sound easy.
A: Whispers That’s because I’m glossing over the moments of teeth grinding despair that always characterize putting together a proposal and waiting to hear if it has been accepted. And writing the first book was hard work. I hadn’t written a paranormal historical before and there was a huge amount of world building to get right as well as strong likable characters, a plot and a love story.
Q: Did you always intend to have the same hero and heroine for more than one book?
A: Originally, I hoped to have the same hero and heroine for all six books, because I thought it would be interesting to see their love develop over the years and mirror the events in the lives of King Henry’s six wives. Ultimately, we decided that it was too long a time span, so I settled for having the same h/h for the first two books. It was also the only way I could do justice to their love story.
Q: Are there any themes you tried to explore in the books?
A: I was very interested in the power of three. It’s a big part of many religions and it is also great for the romance format creating a whole series of triangles with all kinds of love. That’s why I started the series with three male characters, Christopher Ellis, Rhys Williams and Elias Warner. I was also very keen to tie the elements of the paranormal world closely into the real events of the characters lives. So at the point our story starts, Katherine of Aragon really is in danger of being discarded by the king because she hasn’t produced a male heir. The whole concept of childbirth and children has always fascinated me, and its a constant theme throughout Henry VII’s life as well.
Q: Who was your favorite male character to write?
A: Well, I love them all because they are all very distinct. Christopher is just adorable because he’s so fiery and passionate and arrogant, and yet so unsure of his identity at a very deep level. I loved writing such a flamboyant character. he reminds me of Errol Flynn or one of those dashing silent film heroes. Rhys is different again, more even-tempered and definitely more liveable with. Elias? He’s going to need some work:)
Q: What’s been the most surprising thing since the book reviews have started to come in?
A: I was very surprised that some people weren’t happy that the book didn’t end in a neat HEA. As I’m so far ahead on the writing curve (I’m writing book #3 at the moment) I know what happens in book #2 so in my head it’s all wrapped up perfectly. I’ve also been surprised by the diversity of opinion. People either love the book or don’t, but then I think my writing style always does that to readers. 🙂
Q: So if Rosalind and Christopher get their Happy Ever After in book #2, who comes next?
A: Rhys Williams. He doesn’t get Rosalind, but he does meet a very interesting cousin of Rosalind’s called Verity Llewellyn. 🙂
Anyone have a question for me? Comment below and I’ll answer 🙂