Please welcome historical fiction author Tony Riches to my blog:
1. Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.
I am a full-time author based in Pembrokeshire, Wales UK. I was born in Pembroke, birthplace of Henry Tudor, and have a lifelong interest in the stories of the Tudors. I also helped with the project to place a statue of Henry Tudor in front of Pembroke Castle:
My latest book, Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer is the third in my Elizabethan series, and is the story of Sir Walter Raleigh, adventurer, courtier, explorer and poet, who has been called the last true Elizabethan. Interestingly, many of the things I thought I knew about Walter Raleigh proved to be wrong. Raleigh is credited with introducing the potato and tobacco to Britain, but I’ve seen no evidence for either, or for the popular tale of a servant throwing water over him when he mistook the smoke from Raleigh’s pipe for a fire!
2. Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?
I wanted to become a journalist, and wrote for several magazines and journals, but my career took me into the Royal Air Force, after which I became a director of the National Health Service. I began researching the life of Henry Tudor and realized I had enough material for at least three books. I decided to write the Tudor Trilogy, with Henry being born in the first book, coming of age in the second, and becoming King of England in the third.
I have since continued to follow the continuous timeline of the Tudors with the Brandon trilogy, about Mary Tudor, youngest sister of King Henry VIII, his best friend Charles Brandon, and Brandon’s last wife, Katherine Willoughby:.
My new Elizabethan series brings the stories of the Tudors to a conclusion with the last days of Queen Elizabeth I.
3. How difficult was it writing your first book?
I’d written the first few chapters of Owen – Book one of the Tudor Trilogy, when I read Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’, and was inspired to rewrite my book in first-person present tense. This was a gamble, but I’m pleased to say the book became an Amazon ‘best seller’ in the US, UK – and Australia.
4. Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?
I gave up a senior role in Local Government eleven years ago to write full time, and have never looked back. I’m happy writing one book a year, researching in the summer, writing in the autumn and winter, and editing in the spring.
5. Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?
My wife Liz is very supportive – as well as being my most important ‘beta reader’. I was also lucky to find an excellent editor who specializes in historical fiction and helps to ensure consistency between my books.
6. Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I like to ensure my books are as factually accurate as possible, by tracking down primary sources and visiting actual locations.
7. What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?
I read somewhere once that if you write just one page a day, that’s a book a year.
8. What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?
There is a vast community of readers with a keen interest in the lives of the Tudors. My aim is to shine a light on the many myths about the dynasty, and to reveal them as the people they were. I chose to bring to life the stories of less well known but hugely influential figures of the period, and show King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I through their eyes.
9. Did the cover of your new book evolve the same way as the others, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?
I commissioned an artist to produce the cover images for the three books of my Elizabethan Series, drawing from details of portraits of the time.
10. What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?
I am currently researching for three books about ladies of the Elizabethan court. Discerning readers of the first three books of the Elizabethan series will possibly be able to guess which ones I have chosen.
11. Any last words before we wrap things up?
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers who have taken the time to contact me about my books, and Mary for hosting me on ‘When Angels Fly’.
Book Title: Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer
Series: The Elizabethan Series, Book 3
Author: Tony Riches
Publication Date: 1st May 2022
Publisher: Preseli Press
Page Length: 332 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Book Title and Author Name:
Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer
(The Elizabethan Series, Book 3)
By Tony Riches
Tudor adventurer, courtier, explorer and poet, Sir Walter Raleigh has been called the last true Elizabethan.
He didn’t dance or joust, didn’t come from a noble family, or marry into one. So how did an impoverished law student become a favourite of the queen, and Captain of the Guard?
The story which began with the best-selling Tudor trilogy follows Walter Raleigh from his first days at the Elizabethan Court to the end of the Tudor dynasty.
Available on #KindleUnlimited.
Universal Link: mybook.to/Raleigh
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09Z98J183
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Z98J183
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09Z98J183
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09Z98J183
Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the lives of the Tudors. He also runs the popular ‘Stories of the Tudors’ podcast, and posts book reviews, author interviews and guest posts at his blog, The Writing Desk. For more information about Tony’s books please visit his website tonyriches.com and find him on Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches
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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/tonyriches