Thanks for stopping in, Jeanne! Could you tell us a little bit about your novel?
It is set in the early days of the English invasion of Scotland as young Andrew de Moray follows his father into battle only to face defeat and imprisonment for doing their sworn duty. It's about the tremendous bravery Andrew and Caitrina, whom he eventually marries, show fighting for what at first seems a hopeless cause.
What is the best part of being an indie author?
That's a hard one, but I think the best part is being able to take my work directly to readers with no waiting a year or two or more while I sell it to agents and publishers and while they decide whether it will make money for them or not.
Can you tell us about your creative process?
That makes it sound so fancy, and it really isn't. I sit down at my desk and try to tell a story. It takes a lot of self-discipline sometimes, but it's largely just a matter of just sitting one's butt in a chair and doing it. I'm not some high-flown literary writer, after all. I think of myself more in line with a storyteller in the middle of a village square.
What makes historical fiction a great genre?
I think of it kind of like fantasy, except that it's about an age that really happened. Often the people in past ages did things we don't admire. They were anti-Semitic or narrow minded in some other way, but these same people were often brave and faithful and loving. Showing the complexity of the people in an age so different from our own is the challenge and, when you do it, the great triumph of historical fiction.
How did you deal with the difficulties of blending history and fiction?
Well, I had an advantage in this story, in that it such an amazing one that I didn't need much fiction. What confounds me about people who try to improve on history is that often the real story was better than what they make up. But when it came to the fiction part, because so many of records of Scotland were lost in the long wars of invasion, there is a lot of room for filling in blank spaces as well.
Jeanne can be found on: http://jeannetomlin.blogspot.com.
Freedom’s Sword is available at Smashwords.
Can you give us a little autobiography?
I grew up mainly in Texas, although I spent summers with my grandparents who lived in Scotland which probably gives me an both an unusual outlook and accent. I attended university at the University of Texas. My interests are pretty diverse, ranging from writing and reading to Scottish history and politics to horseback riding and hiking. I now live in the Pacific NW which is even rainier than Scotland, so I suppose, in a way, I've come full circle. I'm am currently working on the final edit and cover for a new historical novel set in Scotland set in 1306 titled A Kingdom's Cost. It should be out the first of May.
Thanks for sharing, Jeanne!
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