eBook; ASIN: B00X806742
Genre: Historical Fiction
The last hour of Anne Boleyn’s life…
Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets of the last hour are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny’s stage.
A young Anne Boleyn arrives at the court of King Henry VIII. She is to be presented at the Shrovetide pageant, le Château Vert. The young and ambitious Anne has no idea that a chance encounter before the pageant will lead to her capturing the heart of the king. What begins as a distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction.
Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment… the execution of a queen. The history of England will be changed for ever.
Praise for Phoenix Rising:
“Compelling, captivating and moving.” Claire Ridgway, The Anne Boleyn Files
“Thought provoking, esoteric and heart wrenching.” – R.J.Askew, blogger, reviewer, author and journalist
Phoenix Rising is historical literary fiction, therefore the scene was set for the conflict. It is the story of the last hour of Queen Anne Boleyn’s life. We have a bit of information recorded which lets us know who attended the execution, who didn’t, who was being fitted for her wedding dress (Jane Seymour), so there was a blank canvas of sorts which allowed my imagination to fill-in-the-blanks. What I had to do was create the minute details of the moments, what the characters were thinking, their reactions and motives. No person is completely different, with their own thinking pattern and speech pattern. That was where a great deal of research for the story came into play. What was King Henry VIII really thinking? What about Elizabeth I—she was only thirty three months old. What about Anne Boleyn’s mother? Those were the questions which I had to find or create appropriate answers.
RH: How do you deal with "The Critique"?
William Faulkner said, “The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.” I’ve always heeded this advice. As a writer, you should be open to feedback. The art is the most important thing, not the ego.
Personally, I am thankful that anyone takes the time to read my stories. That means a great deal to me. Everyone is allowed their opinion and not everyone is going to love you.
RH: Tell us about your protagonist, Anne Boleyn!
The answer is much like question 1. We know a great deal about Anne Boleyn the morning of her execution. But, what did Anne wear and why? What did she eat or drink? Why did she keep looking behind here? Was she tired, sad, shocked? Those were the questions I answered in Phoenix Rising.
RH: Where do your ideas come from?
I do not know. Maybe from the same place dreams are stored?
RH: Why do we write?
Is writing a compulsion or an art form? I do not know the answer to this question either.
RH: What's a great thing about writing, for you?
Words have many meanings. Often the subconscious creates an underlying meaning to aspects of word usage which were unplanned plan. That did happen in Phoenix Rising an few times. I discover on the second read through that the colors used, although not always planned, held an underlying meaning. There are many codes, symbols and motifs used throughout Phoenix Rising. Many were unintentional. That is absolutely one of my favorite parts about writing.
RH: What went into your character creation?
This was easy, since Phoenix Rising is history. I had to find the motivation and eccentricities of each character. I wanted to make them all very realistic, not our modern perception of them at all. Each had to have the humanness to make them a sympathetic character, as one of my Lit professor used to say.
RH: What would you tell a new author?
Follow your heart but don’t quit your day job.
RH: What is the hardest part about writing?
Getting all those words onto a page. Sheesh. Especially with Phoenix Rising where there are so many characters in first person. I would be writing about Anne Boleyn, and a thought regarding another character would appear. Next, you have to have each character ‘speaking’ in their own voice. Everyone thinks and speaks in a different manner, even if they are from the same country and culture.
RH: Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing?
We are fortune to live in the ‘golden age’ of publishing where all are free to express themselves, aren’t we? Working with MadeGlobal Publishing to produce Phoenix Rising has been a dream come true. They are absolutely fantastic. They understand the labor behind the art. They have the ability to see the vision when it comes to an author and their work.
RH: What are 10 Things you didn't know about the publishing industry?
The Top 10 Things I Have Learned About The Publishing Industry:
#10. Everyone has a story to tell.
#9. Everyone wants you to buy their story in a book format.
#8. Everyone wants a review of their story.
#7. Sometimes you really have to give something away in order to gain exposure.
#5. The 99 cent novel is the new Penny Dreadful.
#4. Always anticipate rejection. Then, when someone says yes, you are truly inspired to produce.
#3. Mistakes are happy accidents which provide new plot twists.
#2. I can read a book on my iPhone.
#1. The most talented writers tend to be the kindest people.
RH: How do you deal with those pesky procrastination Demons?
Let me finish a couple of things and I’ll get back to you with the answers…
Thank you very much for having me today.
I want to thank Hunter for taking the time to not only answering some of our curiosities but for creating a fascinating story based on history. I've bought my copy. Have you? - Erin
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