The idea is for historical authors to introduce the main character of their novel in progress.
What is the name of your character? Is she fictional or a historic person?
My character is Alicia de Lacy and she was a real person.
When and where is the story set?
The story is set during the reigns of Edward II and Edward III. In fact, an important part of the story is the way in which Edward III comes to the throne after his father is deposed and the country is ruled by his mother, Isabella, and Roger Mortimer who is reputedly her lover. Mortimer holds all the power of a king, but when Edward turns eighteen he and his supporters decide that enough is enough.
What should we know about her?
Alice de Lacy was the daughter and only heir of Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln and Margaret Longespee, Countess of Salisbury. She was one of the wealthiest women in England, but when her husband, Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, rebelled against the king all her lands and titles were taken from her.
What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?
Her fall from wealthy countess to impoverished widow was a huge shock to Alicia. Now she wants her lands and her castles back and along with her second husband, Eble le Strange, she sets out to support the people she hopes can help her.
What is the personal goal of the character?
Alicia’s main goal is to get back the lands that are hers by right. But she also wants to redeem her reputation because she has come in for some criticism for living with Eble, a mere squire two years younger than her, before she married him.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The working title is The Circle Fortune and the story will be a sequel to Favoured Beyond Fortune.
When can we expect the book to be published?
I’m hoping it will be out later this year. Meanwhile you can read the first part of Alicia’s story here: Favoured Beyond Fortune
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