Well, if my own novella is still in the works, I am proud to say that my mother’s work of historical fiction is still in publication and doing the rounds!
It is a novella based on the life of Lady Elizabeth Howard, mother of Anne Boleyn and it is told from her point of view. Those who are familiar with Tudor history will recognise Anne Boleyn as a former Queen of England and second wife of King Henry VIII. Alas, it would be most unfair for me to give a review of a novella written by my mother (five stars – obviously!), but I do recommend it as a more than worthy read for any fans of historical fiction or the Tudor period of England.
I cannot think of anybody who has ever read my work, or any
posts pertaining to it, that would honestly think that I would write a simple
villain. Some magical dark-overlord type who strikes fear into the hearts of
his / her enemies, perhaps? Indeed, there are a few of those who pop up in the
story line from time but I find them hard to empathise with. I actually prefer
characters from whom I can derive inspiration from through their personas as
Enter Eahlred Branderson of Hawk’s Rest. He is a perpetrator
of vile acts of violence upon civilians and one to be written off (quite
accurately) as a ruthless and malevolent individual. Bear in mind that he comes
from a setting based loosely on our dark ages and he entered his profession at
what we would deem to be a young age (15), but is actually a reasonable age in
which one can enter a trade or profession. He is a man-at-arms in the service
of nobility and at the time of the story, he is one who has taken part in
conflicts in his homeland before.
Now the trick was to post content which is not too explicit
and unfortunately, I don’t think that I can risk it with Eahlred’s internal
monologue at this stage of the novella. We are talking about somebody who has
been abused since childhood and has known mostly violence throughout his adult
life. He has committed acts of sexual violence and murder, and some of his
experiences and perspectives will come across as repulsive (I should certainly
hope so!) to readers. Although, one must bear in mind that this behaviour would
have been quite common amongst dark age peoples at war – such as the
Anglo-Saxons or the Norse, or even people at war today in various parts of the
Where on Earth did I glean inspiration for such a
conflicted, wrathful and violent being, one may ask of me? “Why, Planet
Earth!” would be my answer.
This post is an introduction to my website as an author. I have recently pulled a historical fiction novelette of mine from a publisher and am in the finishing stages of a fantasy novella. The time has come to place my writing blogs and any updates related to my publications on a separate website.
finphoto.net is still active and I am posting fairly frequently regarding my photographic exploits and endeavours, having now moved over to being a Sole Proprietor of “Findlay Photography and Digital Services.”
I decided to re-post and brand my publications separately for both my own convenience and for that of exploring surfers, hence the purpose of this site which I will be developing over the coming months.