We invited author Alison Stuart to tell us how she wrote her CLAIMING THE REBEL’S HEART
A WOMAN, A MAN…AND A CASTLE – Alison Stuart on writing CLAIMING THE REBEL’S HEART
Thanks for having me here, Nas.
Writing a historical romance is made so much easier if you have a passion for the period you are writing about and my passion, since childhood, has been the period of the English Civil War (1642-1660). This often neglected moment in our past, saw the last great battles fought on English soil. Royalists and Roundheads, a King beheaded… brother against brother, father against son. A terrible, bloody time but wonderful fodder for a writer, particularly one with a romantic bent.
Three of my historical novels have been set in this period (including SECRETS IN TIME – my short historical time travel) and in all of them the hero has been a royalist. It is easy to find heroes among the defeated, particularly if they come with swords, bucket top boots and a “cavalier” attitude. Contrary to popular belief not all who espoused the parliamentary side were dour puritans and I thought it would be interesting to explore a hero who chose this side for his own reasons.
For a heroine, I need look no further than the real life heroines of the English Civil War: The extraordinary women who defended their families and their homes, often against terrible odds.
In this (the first in a trilogy THE HARCOURT CHRONICLES) you will meet: A woman…a man… and a castle!
War divides families…love unites hearts…
Herefordshire, England 1643
As the English Civil War divides England and tears families apart, Kinton Lacey castle is one of the brave few loyal to the roundhead cause.
With her father away, Deliverance Felton will do whatever it takes to defend her family home against the royalist forces ranged against it. She can shoot and wield a sword as well as any man and anything she needs to know about siege warfare she has learned from a book...but no book can prepare her for what is to come.
Captain Luke Collyer, soldier of fortune and a man with his own reasons for loyalty to the parliamentary cause, is sent to relieve the castle. Everything he knows about siege warfare in general and women in particular he has learned from experience, but when it comes to Deliverance Felton has he met his match?
Deliverance will not give up her command lightly and Luke will have to face a challenge to his authority as fierce as the cavalier foe outside the walls. He will do whatever it takes to win Deliverance’s trust but will he run the risk of losing his own, well guarded, heart?
For more information on Alison and her books and buy links for CLAIMING THE REBEL’S HEART:
Alison’s Website: http://www.alisonstuart.com/claiming-the-rebels-heart.html
Stop by and leave a comment and if you can tell me what date Charles I was executed (hint – the anniversary is this month) go in the draw to win your choice of any of my three English Civil War Stories: BY THE SWORD, THE KING’S MAN and SECRETS IN TIME