Loretta Proctor, author of The Long Shadow, Middle Watch and The Crimson Bed has tagged me in The Next Big Thing, an author’s blog hop. Loretta was born in Cairo, Egypt to an English father and Greek mother. She won prizes in the 1970’s for essays and plays, wrote specialized articles, studied psychology and worked as a counselor. Now retired to Malvern, Worcestershire, she delights in storytelling and is pleased to be a distant relation of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. You can read her contribution to The Next Big Thing at Books and Other Things
How The Next Big Thing Blog hop works: An author answers ten questions and then tags five authors (if you are able to find them at Christmas time!) to do the same thing the following week on the same day, which in this case is a Wednesday.
Here are the answers to the ten questions.
As I mentioned above, Etruscan art inspired the trilogy. In fact whenever I’m stuck for ideas, I always turn to the beautiful images of the life loving Etruscans. The author who most inspired me to write historical fiction was Mary Renault. If only I could write prose like hers!
The Wedding Shroud explores sexuality in the ancient world together with the politics of Rome and Etruria. I continue to delve into these subjects in The Golden Dice. Also, the Etruscans practised a sophisticated religion that raised the art of prophecy to a science. The reader might be interested to learn how these societies relied on a pantheon of gods to determine their destinies.
Author and playwright, Wendy J. Dunn is obsessed with Tudor History. Her first published novel, the award-winning “Dear Heart, How Like You This?” is described as “one of the best novels ever written about Anne Boleyn’s life.”
After completing her Masters in Writing at Swinburne University in 2009, Wendy took up a position as a sessional tutor in Writing. She became a PhD Candidate in August, 2010. Of course, the artefact for her PhD is another Tudor novel, this time a YA novel that revisits Anne Boleyn in the last months of her life.
Wendy’s wordpress site:Reviews of her first novel:
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