It is with great pleasure that I welcome Tracey Warr and her new book, 'Conquest, The Anarchy' to Writers at the Gate as part of The Coffee Pot Book Club Tour.
Read on to find out more…
About the book...
Unhappily married to Stephen de Marais, the Welsh princess, Nest, becomes increasingly embroiled in her countrymen’s resistance to the Norman occupation of her family lands. She plans to visit King Henry in the hope of securing a life away from her unwanted husband, but grieving for the loss of his son, the King is obsessed with relics and prophecies.
- Book Title: The Anarchy
- Series: Conquest, Book 3
- Author: Tracey Warr
- Publication Date: 2nd June 2020
- Publisher: Impress Books
- Page Length: 218 Pages
- Genre: Historical Fiction/ Historical Romance
About the author…
Social Media Links:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tracey-Warr/e/B0053YDVPE
Twitter Handle: @TraceyWarr1 @maryanneyarde
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When did you start writing your new book?
The Anarchy is my fifth medieval novel. Each novel takes me around two years to write. My first one took me four years because I knew next to nothing about early medieval Europe at the outset, but now I can keep building on some of that earlier research.
What was the inspiration behind the book?
Llansteffan Castle, which is on a headland overlooking Carmarthen Bay in southwest Wales. I travelled past it every week on a train going to work and it started to stir my imagination. I started to imagine the characters of my novel moving around in the castle.
Can you describe your route to publication from concept to completed novel?
I began writing my first historical novel when I was living in a small village in southern France. I belong to a writers’ group and we meet monthly to share our work in progress. This is really useful for motivating writing and getting feedback on it. When I returned to England, I joined an MA in Creative Writing in Carmarthen, Wales to keep working on the novel and gained valuable impetus from dialogue with tutors and other students on the course. I entered that first novel for the Impress Prize and it was runner-up. It was published by Impress Books and my latest book, The Anarchy, is the fifth historical novel set in early medieval Europe that I have published with the same publisher.
What ideas do you have for any future books?
I am working on a new novel, a medieval murder mystery, which is a new departure for me. The protagonists are a female troubadour at the 12th century courts of Toulouse and Poitiers in France, and a fresco artist who is working in chapels in the Pyrenees mountains in Catalonia.
Which publishing services (if any) would you recommend?
I have self-published some of my non-historical writing via Ingram Spark and found that very effective. I belong to the Society of Authors (https://www2.societyofauthors.org) and Historical Novel Society (https://historicalnovelsociety.org) and gain lots of useful information and contacts through their training events and conferences.
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