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Interview with the Intelligent and Humorous Anna Belfrage, historical author of The Graham Saga Series

Today, I have an excellent exclusive interview with Anna Belfrage, author of The Graham Saga series, the newest release being book three, called The Prodigal Son. Make sure to sign-up for the giveaway for a copy of the book, following the interview. Enjoy my discussion with Anna, she’s so insightful and humorous! You’ll love it!

Hi Anna! So happy to have you on Oh, for the Hook of a Book today for an interview! You’re an absolute delight and I bet readers are going to have as good a time reading our interview as I will have hosting it. How are things? You’ve been so busy producing your book series, have you had time for anything else?

Anna: Hi Erin, I’m so thrilled to be here – I feel quite honoured to have the opportunity to chat with you like this. As to how things are, well it’s all a bit hectic – but fun hectic. However, if you ask my family they might grumble, along the lines that their mother & wife spends too much time in front of her computer, too little in the kitchen.

Erin: Ah, well let’s relax and have a tea party then, shall we? What’s your choice of tea (Anna replies that she likes black tea, no milk) and I’ll make up a pot. Let’s splurge and eat something yummy while we’re at it too! Let’s get our discussion started!

Q:  When were you first inspired to write? Given your day job, how did you decide it was time to let your creative side out for all of us to enjoy?

A: I was first inspired to write when as I child I read a book (by Henry Treece I think) where the ending was not to my liking. I’m a bit of a sucker for some sort of a happy end – it doesn’t have to be an uncomplicated happy end, and there may be sorrows and losses along the way, but still, some sort of “phew, they made it!” feeling is important to me. This is why – dare I admit it? – I always peek at the last page to reassure myself the characters I’m rooting for will be okay. Makes it a bit difficult to read George. R.R. Martin, let me tell you! (But I do)

As to my day job, I am fortunate enough to have a demanding, challenging job that keeps me on my toes and allows me to grow. Yes, I have a number of time conflicts, but now that my children are more or less grown up, I invest the time I used to spend on them at my writing desk. I escape into my bubble of make believe for a couple of hours and reappear refreshed and energized – well, sometimes I reappear a bit too late, like three a.m. which makes next morning somewhat heavy, but the sheer joy of writing makes it all worthwhile.

Q:  How did the idea form for you to write A Rip in the Veil, your first book that started your Graham Saga series, which is just now publishing Book Three, The Prodigal Son? Were at first just set to write one book and it became a series? Or did you always have a series in mind?

A: Alexandra Lind has been in my head for very many years. She’s danced through my brain and in her wake came Matthew (happy sigh) and a whispered account of so many adventures my mind suffered a minor quake. So when I started writing A Rip in the Veil I already knew one book wouldn’t be enough.

Q: How much do you control the characters in your novel as you write and how often do they lead you to where their story needs to go?

A: “Control?” Alex laughs and shakes her head. “You have no idea, do you Erin? We lead Anna quite the merry dance, we do!” Well; maybe not as merry as all that, because I do have a general blueprint of how the story is going to develop, but my characters do have a major influence on events. I have spent a lot of time with Matthew and Alex, I know where they’re going, I know where they’ve been, and still there are moments when they act in a way that surprises me but which, after having considered it for some minutes, makes absolute sense.

In book two, Like Chaff in the Wind, there is a scene where Alex feels obliged to taunt Matthew into a rage to break through the walls of silence he is building to protect his vulnerable and ravaged inner core. The fallout was not quite what I had expected… (And Matthew prefers not to think of it – at all.) In book three Captain Leslie decided to reappear, riding down the lane with perfect timing. I was very happy to see him – as was Alex – especially as he goes on to play an important part in all the subsequent books.  

Q:  Has it been an easy story to tell in the sense of it flows pretty easy on paper? I know you have several planned in the series (all with great covers), have you already written them all or do you have it all scheduled out? Can you talk about what is coming up in the series?

A: It’s an easy story to write, definitely. The problem lies in pruning it, because there are so many potential side stories, so many cameo characters that could grow into something more. And yes, I have already written them all – but that doesn’t mean I am finished as I have a LOT of editing left to do.

As to where the future books will take us, we will follow the Graham family to Maryland and their new life there, we will spend some time in London, traipse down to the West Indies to rescue a family member and return to Scotland with a  detour through Seville. Religion remains a recurring theme and in Maryland the relationship between colonists and Indians play a central part. One of Mercedes’ magical paintings will resurface, causing considerable chaos, and to top it all off both Matthew and Alex will come face to face with people from their past – not all of them friendly faces.

Q:  Speaking of covers, you have some of the most beautiful covers! Did you have a hand in designing them?  Do you think covers help sell books?

A: Why thank you! The credit resides with Oliver Bennett at GB Print. I will waffle on about what I want – I have a very clear image of what I want and sometimes I’ve sent him a sketch – he will think for a couple of days, and voilà! a new cover lands in my inbox. It’s sort of amusing; Oliver is a young man, far from the intended target group for my books, and yet he immediately gets it, now and then adding details to make the whole even better. I think a good cover snags the eye, thereby generating the initial interest that is a prerequisite for a sale.

The Prodigal Son

Q:  Who is your favorite character in any of your books so far? And why?

A: I am rather in love with Matthew. (“What?” Alex scowls. “Hands off, lady!” “Fine,” I mutter, “it’s not as if I have a chance anyway, is it?” “Nay, not as such,” Matthew says, gathering Alex to his chest. He winks at me, that long mouth of his quirking into a smile. ) I like his steadfastness, his convictions, the stubborn streak in him that Alex finds enervating. I like how vulnerable he can be at times, that he admits to being frightened, that he recognizes how dependent he is on his Alex. (“Shush,” Matthew mutters, “she doesn’t need to know, aye?” Alex hugs him from behind. “I already do,” she says, kissing his nape. “Besides, it’s mutual.”) I have really enjoyed working with a male POV – I think it has deepened my understanding of men in general.

Q: What has been your favorite part of writing this series? (I know, when those voices talk to you..ha!)

A: Yes, the voices in my head do add an extra dimension to my life. 🙂 Actually, I really enjoy following Matthew and Alex through their lives, being at their side as their family expands, holding their hand when they suffer loss. Through them I have learnt so much; about life in the seventeenth century, about the sheer courage required to set off for a new life in the colonies, about love in all its varied forms, about faith and determination – and about myself.

Q:  What has been your biggest challenge?

A: As a writer of Historical Fiction, I think the biggest challenge is to always remember that it’s the characters, not the historical events, that must be the backbone of your book. Readers relate to people, not to dates, and no matter how much facts you load your work with it won’t fly unless there’s a human interest. There is a constant temptation to show off, to add a paragraph or two describing just how the cider press works, or how the honey is separated from the honeycomb, or how the maple syrup is kept simmering for hours on end over open fire. The thing is, most of the readers don’t care! Having said that, most readers are quick to spot an anachronism, so whatever you do include must be correct, so I don’t have Alex wandering out to collect eggs in in December – hens don’t lay eggs between November and March – nor do Matthew’s breeches have zippers (duh!).

Q:  What is your favorite historical time period? Do you have another time and place you’d like to write about outside of this series? If you could time travel yourself, where would it be to?

A: Well, obviously I have a thing about the 17th century – it is something of a breaking point between old and new. Many of the foundations upon which our modern societies are based saw the light of the day in the 17th century, starting with the Bill of Rights approved by the English Parliament in 1689. Also, I am rather fascinated by the religious conflicts that dominated the century.

I am also very interested in the medieval period and have a draft for a story set in early 14th century in England. Also, I have a fascination for the period of the Reconquista in Spain (15th century, mainly) and especially in the Andalucía region.

If I could time travel I would love to spend time with Henry II of England. And with Llewellyn Fawr. And with Robert Bruce. And with Isabel of Castille. And with Henry of Navarre. And with St Catherine of Sienna. And with Cardinal Richelieu. And with my favourite Swedish king, Gustavus Adolphus. Sheesh; I’d have one major jetlag after all those trips back and forth!

Q:  Do you think that it’s possible to time travel now or in the future? What kind of impact might that have on the future if we mess with history?

A: No, I don’t think time travelling will ever be possible – unless one resorts to magic, and one should never discount magic, should one? If it were possible, I think we would all be very tempted to tamper with history. Assassinating Robespierre would seem a good idea to avoid the terror he unleashed on Paris in the aftermath of the revolution. Drowning Hitler as a baby seems a good idea, and as to Lenin and Stalin… The problem with this is that we have no idea what the consequences would be if we did away with all these baddies. An excellent novel about the potential disaster caused by time travelling is Stephen Fry’s book Making History.

Q:  Are there any famous women in history that you’d like to write about in a novel or one that you admire?

A: I have a thing about Queen Christina of Sweden. I’m not sure I admire her, but she did know how to cause quite the ruckus – imagine that; the queen of staunchly protestant Sweden abdicated AND converted to Catholicism. I do have a WIP in which Queen Christina figures quite prominently. Otherwise, my admiration is mostly for the women who lived “ordinary” lives, who fed their children, held their families together, who followed their men across the seas to unknown lands. I cannot begin to comprehend just how brave these pioneer women were!

Q:  What advice do you have for women writers? How can they fulfill their writing dreams and make time for family and other obligations as well?

A: Difficult question: it is always a question of priorities, isn’t it? If you’re in that stage of your life where you have young children and have to combine this with a full time job I don’t think you should even try – it is difficult enough to juggle kids and work and your relationship. For many years all I did was write notes to self on scraps of paper, in notebooks – but I did write those notes! Once the children got older, I set aside “me” time for my writing – and made it clear to my family this was very important to me. Unless you consider it important enough to set aside time for it, no one else will take your writing seriously.

Q:  Do you have any other projects you are working on or plan for the future you haven’t already discussed?

A: Well, I did mention the book with Queen Christina in it, didn’t I? My lead character is a young woman called Sofia Carolina who decides she deserves a new start in life and finances this by nicking a nobleman’s family jewels. Off she goes, the enraged nobleman comes after, and things would not have ended well for Sofia if it hadn’t been for Jon Darrow, a disillusioned royalist who has been forced into exile and earns his living through various … err… creative endeavours.

Q:  Who are your writing mentors? Who inspires your writing? And who are some of you own favorite authors?

A: I don’t have any mentors – but I have a handful of people who support me and cheer me on, first and foremost my husband. Inspiration comes from various sources, but my children have definitely contributed to the Graham children. My favourite authors… now that is a long list! I read voraciously, across all genres, but if I restrict myself to the Historical Fiction genre the authors I always return to are Sharon Penman, Edith Pargeter, Barbara Erskine (especially her early books) and Pamela Belle. And yes, when in need of a special treat I will re-read my favourite passages in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.  

Q:  Where is the most beautiful place in the United Kingdom?

A: Given that I’m not British, I probably haven’t seen ALL the beautiful places in the UK, no matter that I’ve spent a lot of time there. However, I would argue that the Aber falls (Afon Rhaedr fawr) close to the A55 on the northern coast of Wales is a spectacular spot.

Q:  And last but not least, what kind of food gets you through marathon writing sessions?

A: Chocolate. Tea. More chocolate. Unfortunately carrots don’t do it for me…

Q: Where can readers connect with you?

A: On my website, www.annabelfrage.com, or by commenting on my blog, annabelfrage.wordpress.com. I am also on facebook and on twitter, @Anna_Belfrage.

Q:  Where is the best place to purchase your books?

A: They’re actually available on most online bookshops, but I tend to recommend Amazon, Barnes& Noble and Trobador.co.uk.

Erin:  Anna, thank you so much for coming by my site, it’s always a pleasure to get to speak with you. Best wishes on your writing!

Anna: Likewise Erin – and thanks! And hey, if you’re not having that last slice of chocolate cake, can I have it?

Erin: I’ll split it with you. *wink*

Giveaway~

The giveaway is for one copy of The Prodigal Son and open internationally.  To enter, please comment below in the footer, email me to hookofabook(at)hotmail(dot)com, or on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HookofaBook. In all cases, you must leave your email so I can contact you if you win.

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 THE PRODIGAL SON, Synopsis~

The Prodigal SonPublication Date: July 1, 2013
Matador Publishing
Paperback; 392p
ISBN-10: 1780885741

Safely returned from an involuntary stay on a tobacco plantation in Virginia, Matthew Graham finds the Scottish Lowlands torn asunder by religious strife. The government of His Restored Majesty, Charles II, requires all his subjects to swear fealty to him and the Church of England, riding roughshod over any opposition.

In Ayrshire, the people close ranks around their evicted ministers, stubbornly clinging to their Presbyterian faith. But disobedience comes at a price – a very steep price – and as neighbours and friends are driven from hearth and home, Alex becomes increasingly more nervous as to what her Matthew is risking by his continued support of the clandestine ministers – foremost amongst them the charismatic Sandy Peden.

Privately, Alex considers Sandy an enervating fanatic and all this religious fervour is totally incomprehensible to her. So when Matthew repeatedly sets his faith and minister before his own safety and therefore per extension her safety and the safety of their children, he puts their marriage under severe strain.

The situation is further complicated by the presence of Ian, the son Matthew was cruelly duped into disowning several years ago. Now Matthew wants Ian back and Alex isn’t entirely sure this is a good thing, watching from a distance as her husband dances round his lost boy.

Things are brought to a head when Matthew yet again places all their lives in the balance to save his dear friend and preacher from the dragoons that chase him over the moor.
How much is Matthew willing to risk? How much will he ultimately lose?

Will she find him in time? And if she does, will she be capable of paying the price required to buy him free?

Author Anna Belfrage, Biography~

Anna BelfrageI was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result I’m multilingual and most of my reading is historical – both non-fiction and fiction.

I was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Instead I ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for my most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career I raised my four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive … Nowadays I spend most of my spare time at my writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and I slip away into my imaginary world, with my imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in my life pops his head in to ensure I’m still there. I like that – just as I like how he makes me laugh so often I’ll probably live to well over a hundred.

I was always going to be a writer. Now I am – I have achieved my dream.

www.annabelfrage.com

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Author Barbara Kyle Dishes on her Thornleigh Saga, her Switch from Acting to Writing, and Talks about the Tudors!

To start the week, I’m happy to present a fantastic interview with the amazing former actress and now acclaimed author, Barbara Kyle! Her newest book, number five in her Thornleigh series, recently published with the title Blood Between Queens, and I’ll have a review up for that later this week.

I hope you enjoy the conversation between Barbara and I as you learn her favorite women in history, why she thinks so many people love the Tudor time period, and what she thinks society can do to make the world a better place.

Enjoy!

 Hi Barbara! So nice to have you stop by Oh, for the Hook of a Book! I’m looking forward to having you answer some questions. How have things been going?

Barbara: Thanks so much for inviting me, Erin. I really enjoy your blog. Things are going well. Readers have given my new release, Blood Between Queens, a wonderfully warm reception and if they’re happy, I’m happy.

Erin: So glad to hear you like the blog! And very happy to hear about your new release, can’t wait to hear more. Let’s pour a pot of tea and clear some time. Let’s get started!

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. My twenty years of acting in theatre and television productions gave me a kind of bone-deep sense of dramatic structure, and for getting deeply inside my characters’ motivations: their deepest desires and fears.  And, yes, I do visualize scenes. My writing style is cinematic.

Q:  I’ve just recently learned about your books! 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?

Blood Between QueensA: Blood Between Queens is book #5 of my Thornleigh Saga, which follows a fictional middle-class English family through three tumultuous Tudor reigns. Each book’s story stands alone, so readers don’t need to have read the previous books to enjoy one.

The first book, The Queen’s Lady, features young Honor Larke, a (fictional) ward of (the real) Sir Thomas More. Honor becomes a lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, and the story follows Honor’s stormy love affair with Richard Thornleigh as she works to rescue heretics from the Church’s fires. The King’s Daughter introduces their daughter Isabel, who joins the Wyatt rebellion (a true event) to oust Queen Mary and hires mercenary Carlos Valverde to help her rescue her father from prison. The Queen’s Captive brings Honor and Richard back from exile with their seafaring son Adam to help the young Princess Elizabeth, who has been imprisoned by her half sister, Queen Mary, another true event. The Queen’s Gamble is set during the fledgling reign of Elizabeth who fears that the massive buildup of French troops on her Scottish border will lead to an invasion, so she entrusts Isabel Thornleigh to take money to aid the Scottish rebellion led by firebrand preacher John Knox, to defeat the French.

Blood Between Queens begins when Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England to escape her enemies and throws herself on the mercy of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth. Mary, however, has set her sights on the Elizabeth’s throne, and Elizabeth enlists her most trusted subjects – the Thornleighs – to protect it. Justine Thornleigh is delighting in the thrill of Elizabeth’s visit to her family’s estate when the festivities are cut short by Mary’s arrival. Justine is appointed to serve as a spy in Mary’s small entourage, but she comes to sympathize with Mary, and when Elizabeth holds Mary under house arrest and launches an inquiry into the accusations that she murdered her husband, the crisis splits the Thornleigh family apart.

Q:  I read that you love the Tudor Era. 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. One of the most fascinating characteristics of the period is its predominance of women rulers, from Mary I, known as “Bloody Mary” in her own time for the large number of people burned at the stake in her reign; to her half-sister Elizabeth I, who ruled with a firm hand for forty-three years; to their cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, whose dramatic life is virtually an opera.  

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?

A: Yes, I do a lot of research, because it’s so important to get the historical facts right, and also to give readers a sense of each scene’s sights and sounds and smells, whether it’s a royal banquet hall at Whitehall Palace or a tawdry backstreet in London. A favorite “find” was Mary I’s false pregnancy. 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 . . . and passed. 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.) This event became a pivotal one in my novel The King’s Daughter. As for my favorite historical person, that’s definitely Elizabeth I, for her cleverness, her religious tolerance, and her love of her people.

Q: In Blood Between Queens you feature the struggle between Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth. 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.

Q:  I found the story I read about how and why you changed your working title for Blood Between Queens. 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. Then she suggested Blood Between Queens and I thought: That’s it! I like the way it combines the two cousins’ blood relationship with an undercurrent of danger, their “bloody” rivalry.

Q:  Why do you feel people enjoy reading historical fiction? 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. Some of the historical novels I’ve loved are Edith Pargeter’s Brothers of Gwynedd novels beginning with Sunrise in the West; James Clavell’s magnificent Shogun; The Winds of War by Herman Wouk; Margaret Mitchell’s classic Gone With the Wind; and more recently Atonement by Ian McEwan and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell.

Q:  If you aren’t writing about the Tudor Era, what other time periods or genres would you like to write?

A: I’d love to tackle a novelization of the famous mutiny on the Bounty and give William Bligh (who was a lieutenant at the time, not a captain) long-overdue credit for his stunning feat of seamanship. 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.  

Q:  What has your road to publishing been like? What were the challenges and the successes?

A: I’ve had eight novels published by three different publishing houses and have enjoyed good relations with all three. Before Kensington published my historical novels I wrote three contemporary thrillers under the pen-name Stephen Kyle for Warner Books (now Grand Central). Those books are now out of print so I’m re-releasing them under my own name as e-books, a format that has opened new vistas for authors and readers alike.

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. As for issues of concern in our own world, I feel that the most urgent situation we need to tackle to is not gender issues but environmental ones. Other problems hardly matter if we go on abusing the planet, and therefore ourselves, to death.   

Q: What traits do you feel that women from the Tudor Era displayed that helped them? What about what hindered them?

A: Education, in both cases. The royal women in Tudor times were exceptionally well- educated.  Elizabeth I, for example, could converse fluently with foreign ambassadors in French, Italian, and Latin, and her writings are elegant and erudite. But the vast majority of ordinary women were ill-educated. Even women of the aristocracy were barred from universities and, of course, from all posts of official power: government, church,  and military.   

Q: What is in the future for you? What else will you be working on?

A: I’ve just finished writing the next Thornleigh book. It’s set in 1572 and features Adam Thornleigh joining the Dutch rebels who called themselves the Sea Beggars in their real-life fight against their Spanish occupiers. (I liken them to the Resistance in World War II fighting the Nazis.) After that, my publisher has signed me to write another book. So there are lots more adventures of the Thornleigh family ahead!

Q: How can readers connect with you?

A: I love hearing from readers and I reply to every email. So I hope your readers will get in touch. Email me at bkyle@barbarakyle.com and follow me on Twitter @BKyleAuthor.

Erin: Thank you so very much, Barbara, for your time in doing this interview. I know I’ll need to go back and read all your books, especially loving the Tudor Era as I do. I appreciate you for taking the time to come by the site and let readers get to know you and your work.

Barbara:  It’s been a pleasure, Erin. Happy reading!

BLOOD BETWEEN QUEENS, Synopsis~

Blood Between QueensPublication Date: April 30, 2013
Kensington Publishing
Paperback; 448p
ISBN: 0758273223

Following her perilous fall from a throne she’d scarcely owned to begin with, Mary, Queen of Scots, has fled to England, hoping her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, will grant her asylum. But now Mary has her sights on the English crown, and Elizabeth enlists her most trusted subjects to protect it.

Justine Thornleigh is delighting in the thrill of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to her family’s estate when the festivities are cut short by Mary’s arrival. To Justine’s surprise, the Thornleighs appoint her to serve as a spy in Mary’s court. But bearing the guise of a lady-in-waiting is not Justine’s only secret. The weight of her task is doubled by fears of revealing to her fiancé that she is in truth the daughter of his family’s greatest rival. Duty-bound, Justine must sacrifice love as she navigates a deadly labyrinth of betrayal that could lead to the end of Elizabeth’s fledgling reign…

Compelling and inventive, Blood Between Queens artfully blends history’s most intriguing figures with unforgettable characters, bringing to dazzling life the fascinating Tudor era.

Author Barbara Kyle, Biography~

Barbara KyleBarbara Kyle is the author of the acclaimed Tudor-era “Thornleigh” novels Blood Between Queens, The Queen’s Gamble, The Queen’s Captive, The King’s Daughter and The Queen’s Lady which follow a rising middle-class family through three tumultuous Tudor reigns. She also writes contemporary thrillers. Over 400,000 copies of her books have been sold in seven countries. In July 2013 Barbara will be a speaker at Ontario’s world-renowned Stratford Festival with her talk “Elizabeth and Mary, Rival Queens: A Study of Leadership Lost and Won” about the cousin-queens Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots featured in Blood Between Queens.

Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and is known for her dynamic workshops for many writers organizations and conferences. Before becoming an author Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career in television, film, and stage productions in Canada and the US.

For more information, please visit Barbara Kyle’s WEBSITE.

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