I am very pleased to present my guest, Anna Chant. She is an author, tutor, and mother of three children. She has one published book and a second one soon to be published.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I try to make as much as possible of the book realistic, but the Dark Ages was a time of poor record keeping, so there are plenty of gaps to be filled! In ‘Kenneth’s Queen’ some events, such as the disaster of 839 are known to have happened. Other events, for example the births of the children certainly happened but we don’t know the dates. Other parts of the story, including the Viking attack on the fortress of Dunadd happened at some point, but in real life may not have affected the characters in this book or even have happened in their life-time.
Watership Down is one of the first books that I really fell in love with. I read it about fifteen times before I’d left primary school! A number of historical fiction writers fueled my love of history including Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy, Georgette Heyer and Anya Seton. It would be impossible to pick one book, although Rosemary Sutcliff’s ‘The Queen Elizabeth Story’ was one of the first historical novels that I enjoyed.