Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Meet My Main Character, by Rosanne E. Lortz

I've been tagged by Debra Brown over at English Epochs 101, and now, I get to tell you a little bit about the main character in one of my writing projects. I've talked before about my First Crusade novels on here, so I think I'll talk about my other novel in the works....

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

My main character is Harold Emison, the Earl of Anglesford, but he goes by Haro to family and friends. He is fictional.

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is a novel of romantic suspense set in Regency England. It is also, very loosely, based on the people and events surrounding the Norman Conquest (mostly because I'm such a nerd that I can't NOT write about the Middle Ages).

3) What should we know about him/her?

Haro's father has died recently, and Haro has become, quite unexpectedly, the new Earl of Anglesford and the head of the family.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Unbeknownst to the family, Haro's father had imperiled all their fortunes through his addiction to the gaming table. Haro is forced to find a way to restore the family fortunes, even if it means marrying a rich mill owner's daughter. But when he jilts his cousin to marry an heiress, tempers flare, family members clash, and events at the old family estate lead to murder most foul with Haro the prime suspect....

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Haro's personal goal is to take care of his mother and family, even if he has to sacrifice his own personal desires and true love to do it.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The working title of the novel is To Wed an Heiress...or A Fatal Conquest. I still haven't decided which one I like better.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

Oh dear. I'm not sure on that one. Life has been very challenging lately and writing has been thrust onto the back burner. I would very much like to have this novel (and the second one of my First Crusade novels!) finished by the end of this year, but we shall see....

Thanks for visiting the post, and I will tag five historical fiction authors to answer these questions as well  once I have contacted them and have their permission. They'll be introducing their main character to you in a few days.

1) Philippa Jane Keyworth

2) Paula Lofting

3) Scott Howard

4) Nancy Bilyeau

5) Stephanie Moore Hopkins

Friday, April 4, 2014

Three Arguments concerning Richard the Lionheart

Now is the winter of our discontent....

Actually, I just wanted to say that line because I like it, not because it has anything to do with this blog post. Although, it has been a very bad winter (and now spring) for sickness around here! Cold, flu, cold, flu, over and over again. We're still finishing up a bout of the former right now.

I didn't get an EHFA post up in March, due to all the health drama, but today I break my blog silence with a post on "Was Richard the Lionheart a Homosexual?" There are three standard arguments to "prove" that he was. I address them each in turn. Click on over and a have a read if you like.... :-)
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