I would like to introduce Author Traci E. Hall.
Traci, please tell us about your book, “The Queen's Guard.”
The Queen’s Guard: Violet is the first in my medieval romance series about women spies for Queen Eleanor during the crusade. Each woman brings something a little different to the table, and each would willingly lie, cheat, steal or die for Eleanor.
What is the single most powerful challenge when it comes to writing about the past?
Language. I can stay within bounds of what happened, and how they travel and eat etc. but what is always hard for me is how they talk. The truth of the matter is that what is written probably wasn’t how they spoke in casual day to day conversation. I imagine they had slang and contractions too. A lot of words we use weren’t invented yet, either, so I just do the best I can while keeping the story flowing for the modern reader – and add an author’s note explaining what I’ve done, and why.
What is your favorite/least favorite character you have written about and why?
They are all my favorites at the time! Just like a mother can’t have a favorite child, I like all my characters, and want the best for them. During the writing process, they become family, best friends, confidants.
How long did it take you to write The Queen's Guard?
I am a prolific writer with a supportive family. They understand when the story keeps me in a different room. I plot, and do character sheets so that when I sit down, I really know what is going on. Prep time cuts down at least two months writing for me, and I can then finish my story in three or four months.
Who designed your book cover?
Medallion Press has a wonderful Art department!
Who is your publisher?
Medallion Press. They’ve been really great to work with, and published my Boadicea series. Love’s Magic, Beauty’s Curse and Boadicea’s Legacy
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always told stories to myself, or my cousins and little brother. I read to escape. It seemed a good fit!
What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Never give up. My publishing journey has been filled with ups and downs. If you have a burning desire to write a story, then do it. Find a way to make it happen. Publishing right now is intense and crazy, and a lot of interesting projects have come from the chaos. Don’t be afraid.
What is your favorite quote?
"to write is human, to edit is divine"
― Stephen King, On Writing
Only because I didn’t use to think this, I dreaded revisions ad edits, but really, edits are smoothing the work to a shiny finish, knowing you’ve done your best. Thank you so much Stephanie
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Traci is graciously giving a e-book of the Queen's Guard for a lucky winner. Please leave a comment below and your email address and a winner will be chosen. The giveaway ends on September 4th.
My review for, The Queens' Guard is here: