NEWS & EVENTS
I must be the worst author in the world for updating her news and events page. it isn't that my life is lacking, it is just that I am so busy being an author that I forget to update.
I've been involved in a few anthologies of short stories this year with some splendid authors. The first Royal Blood (published by Sharpe Books) is a collection of stories from the Tudor court and my contribution is a story about Katherine Howard. It is available on Kindle and paperback and I believe the publisher is considering an audiobook. You can read a sample here.
The second anthology is due out in November but I am sworn to secrecy just now. What I can tell you is that I am working with some wonderful authors: Cryssa Bazos, Anna Belfrage, Derek Birks, Helen Hollick, Amy Maroney, Alison Morton, Charlene Newcombe, Tony Riches, Mercedes Rochelle, Elizabeth St John and Annie Whitehead and the cover is fabulous.
I have been working on other projects too. Since the final book of The Beaufort Chronicle was published, I've added Sisters of Arden and The Heretic Wind to my catalogue. I've also been working on audio versions of my books with two lovely ladies, Elizabeth Bergstone who narrates Margaret in the Chronicile, and Alex Lee audio who narrates The Kiss of the Concubine, A Song of Sixpence and The Heretic Wind.
Lockdown has been hard for all of us this year and Covid 19 continues to hamper our social lives and cripple businesses. As an author it hasn't been too drastic for me. I rarely go out, I work from home and the fewer social pressures meant I had heaps of time to work on my new book. Unfortunately, because the weather was so splendid in the Wales I spent most of my time gardening or on the beach instead of working and am now paying the price and hurrying to reach my dead line.
The book I am currently writing is a challenge but it is something I've considered doing for a long time. It will be called A Matter of Conscience: the Aragon Years and is told from the perspective of Henry VIII himself. It covers his early years, his childhood, the death of Arthur, his time as Prince of Wales and the early years of his reign when he and Catherine were happy. Progress is good so far. Henry has not yet become the cruel man of his latter years. He has plans to become a good Christian king, the father of many sons, a champion of the church - all of which, he sadly fails to do.
Next time, I will give you the glimpse of the cover and hopefully a publication date. In the meantime, be good, keep safe and keeeep reading!