C. LaRene Hill an author of Historical Fiction interview

C. LaRene it is so good ta have you in our blog this week. Do tell us, what is the title of your book?

The Crusaders From Warwick Castle. It is the second book in my series, “A Magical Journey to the Past.”

High Fantasy, my favorite kinds of tales. What genre does your book fall under?

My book is Young Adult – Historical Fiction

What would be a one-sentence synopsis of your book?

After traveling back in time to the Warwick Castle in 1397,Mary and John join the men of Warwick Castle in a crusade to the London Towers to rescue the Earl from prison.

An earl to be rescued…Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

The publisher of my book is Idea Creations Press in Bountiful, Utah.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft of my manuscript took less than a month, but the editing took me a little over a year. I write a book every year during the National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) held in November. Once you have those first 50,000 words, your story is well on its way.

NaNoWritMo is a great way to do that. What or Who inspired you to write this book?

What? History. I have a passion for history. The books that I enjoy reading are historical fiction. I hunger for the facts, but I find it irresistible to read about what might have been.

Who? My ancestors. If there is an interesting story about one of my ancestors I find it, read it, and write it. Since nearly none of them kept good written records, the majority of the stories I write is my imagination running wild.

Before going on a trip to England, I knew that many of my relatives had lived in castles. After touring those castles’, I knew I had to write about one of them. They were all interesting to me, but the castle I chose to write about was Warwick Castle.

It was larger than most of the castles. I spent an entire day touring everywhere they allowed me to go – Ghost Alive Tour, Firing of the Trebuchet, the Great Hall, Flight of the Birds, and Knights and Squires fighting. I strolled by the Avon River and that evening I enjoyed a fantastic dinner at the Kingmakers Banquet, feeling as though I was transported back to medieval days.

The ancestor I found most interesting was the 12th Earl of Warwick Castle; Thomas de Beauchamp an English medieval nobleman, his wife, The Countess Margaret Ferrers, and two of their children, Richard and Katherine.

Another day I visited St Mary’s church where I saw each of their tombs. Then I traveled to the Tower of London so I could see the prison where they held Thomas de Beauchamp captive. Now, there is a tower named after him.

That sounds so good. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s a story for young adults, full of suspense, adventures, and even a ghost.

A ghost…oh my…Where can we find your book?

I will be having a book signing at my home on Saturday, June 29th, 4970 S 5020 W, Kearns, at 11 am until 1 pm. It will also be available at Amazon, on Kindle, and at Barnes & Noble.

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