I would like to introduce Author Nan Hawthorne, the winner of the B.R.A.G Medallion. If you have any enquiries about IndieBRAG and you are a self-publishing author please visit our website at www.bragmedallion.com
Nan thank you for the pleasure of this interview. You write about a period of time in our history that I'm fascinated with and would like to know more about. Please tell us about your book, An Involuntary King: A Tale of Anglo Saxon England.
An Involuntary King: A Tale of Anglo Saxon England had an unusual beginning. The year was 1964 and the place the Southeast Alaska Methodist Youth Camp far "out the road" from the capital, Juneau. I was twelve. I met a girl named Laura Burr who was a year younger. We started playing "Indian princess" with her as the princess and me as an Indian brave, the story quickly changing to something more to our liking, the queen and king of a mythic kingdom. We got into it, held a wedding and wedding supper, then had to figure out how we would continue "The Story" as we came to call it once she had gone home to her town and I to mine. It started out as letters between the royal couple, but after a couple years we realized these two needed to be where they need not have such a long distance relationship and started to write stories about them and many other characters we created. We kept at this for a few years.
My first challenge was that Laura and I had pretty much created a generic medieval world based around castles and knights on horseback. I had chosen as a teen to set the stories in a period before, I thought, much was known of England, the 8th century. The first thing I learned when writing the book seriously was that there were no castles, no knights, nothing resembling the image of Arthur's Britain. I actually had to start over and change situations and settings to match the era I had now set the stories in. I wound up adoring the Anglo Saxon period, so, as they say, it's all good.
What do you as a writer, get from writing novels that means the most to you?
What is your favourite quote?
Monique Wittig: “There was a time when you were not a slave, remember that. You walked alone, full of laughter, you bathed bare-bellied. You say you have lost all recollection of it, remember . . . You say there are no words to describe this time, you say it does not exist. But remember. Make an effort to remember. Or, failing that, invent.”
Author Bio and Links:
Nan Hawthorne is a historical novelist who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and doted-upon cats. She has been in love with history and historical fiction since, at four, she discovered the Richard Greene “The Adventures of Robin Hood” television series. She wrote her first short story at seven, then launched into the letters and stories with a teen friend that ultimately became her first novel, AN INVOLUNTARY KING: A TALE OF ANGLE SAXON ENGLAND (2008). The author of one nonfiction work on women and body image, she now concentrates primarily on historical novels set in the Middle Ages. Her latest novel, BELOVED PILGRIM, looks at gender identity and self-realization during the chaotic and doomed Crusade of 1101. She writes several blogs on historical themes, owns the medieval-novels.com catalog and also Internet radio station, Radio Dé Danann.
Nan Hawthorne's website: http://www.nanhawthorne.com
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Nan Hawthorne who is the author of An Involuntary King: A Tale of Anglo Saxon England, one of our medallion honorees at www.bragmedallion.com. To be awarded a B.R.A.G. MedallionTM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as An Involuntary King: A Tale of Anglo Saxon England merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.