I've been tagged by historical fiction author Rosanne E. Lortz, and now it's time to tell you about the star of my trilogy.
1.) What is the name of your main character? Is she fictional or a historical person?
Joanna Stafford, also known as Sister Joanna, a Dominican novice. She is fictional, but the Staffords were a real family, headed by Edward Stafford, the duke of Buckingham, executed for treason in 1521.
2.) When and where is the story set?
The first novel, The Crown, begins in May 1537 and by the end of The Tapestry, the story reaches the end of 1541. And the story is set in England—in the Dominican priory of Dartford, Kent, and in London and Canterbury and Malmesbury—but it also plunges into other parts of Europe. Joanna gets into some harrowing adventures in Flanders, France, and Germany.
3.) What should we know about him/her?
|An actress who could play Joanna: Eva Green|
4.) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Joanna has a true calling to be a nun, but this is exactly when Henry VIII is destroying the monasteries of England in his break from Rome. Joanna tries in many ways throughout the trilogy to protect her way of life and her loved ones, but this leads her into some dangerous quests and conspiracies.
Joanna from the very beginning rejects the conventional aristocratic life of marrying a nobleman's son and/or waiting on a queen. She wants to find a life for herself of meaning and significance.
6.) Is there a title for this novel and can we read more about it?
There are three: The Crown, The Chalice and The Tapestry. They are on sale in North America, the United Kingdom and Germany. Spain and the Netherlands will publish The Tapestry in 2016. More info here: www.nancybilyeau.com
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