Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Blog Tour: Tracey Warr and her novel, 'Conquest, The Anarchy'

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 countrymens 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.

Meanwhile, Haith tries to avoid the reality that Nest is married to another man by distracting himself with the mystery of the shipwreck in which the Kings heir drowned. As Haith pieces together fragments of the tragedy, he discovers a chest full of secrets, but will the revelations bring a culprit to light and aid the grieving King?

Will the two lovers be united as Nest fights for independence and Haith struggles to protect King Henry?

        • 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



Universal Links

The Daughter of the Last King (Book 1) - https://geni.us/LPF1

The Drowned Court (Book 2) - https://geni.us/ddAFsas

 The Anarchy (Book 3) - https://geni.us/274ZX

Buy Links: 

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conquest-Anarchy-Trilogy-3/dp/1911293109

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Conquest-Anarchy-Tracey-Warr-ebook/dp/B087NFP6WD/

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Conquest-Anarchy-Tracey-Warr-ebook/dp/B087NFP6WD/

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Conquest-Anarchy-Tracey-Warr-ebook/dp/B087NFP6WD/

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/conquest-iii-the-anarchy-tracey-warr/1137022979

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-anarchy-conquest-3/tracey-warr/9781911293439

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/conquest-iii-the-anarchy

BookShop.org: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-anarchy-conquest-3/9781911293439



About the author… 

Tracey Warr (1958- ) was born in London and lives in the UK and France. Her first historical novel, Almodis the Peaceweaver (Impress, 2011) is set in 11th century France and Spain and is a fictionalised account of the true story of the Occitan female lord, Almodis de la Marche, who was Countess of Toulouse and Barcelona. It was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Fiction and the Rome Film Festival Books Initiative and won a Santander Research Award. Her second novel, The Viking Hostage, set in 10th century France and Wales, was published by Impress Books in 2014 and topped the Amazon Australia charts. Her Conquest trilogy, Daughter of the Last King, The Drowned Court, and The Anarchy recount the story of a Welsh noblewoman caught up in the struggle between the Welsh and the Normans in the 12th century. She was awarded a Literature Wales Writers Bursary. Her writing is a weave of researched history and imagined stories in the gaps in history.

Tracey studied English at University of Hull and Oxford University, gaining a BA (Hons) and MPhil. She worked at the Arts Council, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chatto & Windus Publishers, and edited Poetry Review magazine with Mick Imlah. She also publishes art writing on contemporary artists, and in 2016 she published a future fiction novella, Meanda, in English and French, as part of the art project, Exoplanet Lot. She recently published a series of three books, The Water Age, which are future fiction and art and writing workshop books - one for adults and one for children - on the topic of water in the future. She gained a PhD in Art History in 2007 and was Guest Professor at Bauhaus University and Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and Dartington College of Arts. Her published books on contemporary art include The Artists Body (Phaidon, 2000), Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture (Routledge, 2015) and The Midden (Garret, 2018). She gained an MA in Creative Writing at University of Wales Trinity St David in 2011. She is Head of Research at Dartington Trust and teaches on MA Poetics of Imagination for Dartington Arts School. 

Social Media Links:

 Website: https://traceywarrwriting.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TraceyWarr1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/traceywarrhistoricalwriting/

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/traceywarr

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracey.warr.9/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tracey-Warr/e/B0053YDVPE

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/192570-conquest

Twitter Handle: @TraceyWarr1 @maryanneyarde

Instagram Handles: @tracey.warr.9 @coffepotbookclub

Hashtags: #HistoricalFiction #Medieval #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub


Brief Interview…

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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1 comment:

Mary Anne Yarde said...

Thank you for hosting today's blog tour stop!

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