Hi Brandy, welcome to Psychotic State Book Reviews! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me and my readers. Let’s get right to it - - you have written three books (so far!) about the Tudor period. Why the Tudor period? What is it about the Tudor period that attracts you?
BP: Well, to be honest, I didn’t intend to do so many Tudors, at least not all together in a row, it just kind of happened that way, but they’re a fascinating family, such vivid, larger than life, personalities, I think that’s why they’ve stood the test of time while other royal dynasties have been largely forgotten by the general public.Your recent release, The Queen’s Pleasure, focuses on Amy Robsart Dudley, a lesser known player in the Elizabeth I saga. What led you to select Amy to focus the novel on?
BP: When I was nine or ten years old, shortly after a book of ghost stories sparked my interest in history, I read a book of unsolved mysteries that had a chapter about the mysterious death of Amy Robsart and I became intrigued. I wanted to know all I could about her. Every time I found a new book on historic mysteries or the Tudors I would search for Amy. But to my dismay I discovered very little is actually known about her. It just didn’t seem fair to me, that she seemed only to matter because of how she died, and the scandal and inconvenience it created for her husband and the Queen. Even in novels, the focus in usually on the more glamorous relationship of Elizabeth and Robert Dudley and Amy is, as she was in life, relegated to a quiet country oblivion until her death thrusts her into the spotlight. I remember, even though I was just a child, telling me mother that if I ever wrote a book when I grew up I was going to try to bring Amy Robsart back to life and give her a voice.Would you describe The Queen’s Pleasure as more of a romance, a romance gone wrong, a mystery or the tragedy of power?
BP: I think it has elements of them all. I also consider it a portrait of a very manipulative man painted by the women in his life, the weaker Amy and the strongerIf you could sit down and interview Amy Robsart Dudley, what one question would you want to ask her?
and how they deal with it. Elizabeth
BP: How close did I come to the inner, the emotional, truth?I imagine a book taking place in Tudor England would require quite a bit of research. How long did you research the period and events before you started writing?
BP: Usually I have ten months to write a book and two months to rest. I tend to do at least two months research, though it generally overlaps with the writing, sometimes more, each book is different for me.How long did The Queen’s Pleasure take to write?
BP: About ten and a half months.Do you feel more or less restricted when writing about actual people and events?
BP: A bit of both actually, but overall probably less restricted. I like the challenge of getting into the head and heart of a historical figure who interests me, and trying to understand them better.I noticed on your blog that you have written posts about Olive Thomas and Theda Bara, both movie stars of the 1910s and 1920s (and a time period that I am crazy obsessed with!) Any chance that you will think about writing historical fiction in the early days of
BP: I sincerely hope so, that would be a dream come true. I’ve been a classic movie fan since I was a child, I love silent movies, screwball comedies, the MGM musicals, and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, and the period extravaganzas like the 1938 version of “Marie Antoinette” with Norma Shearer. And I would love to write a novel about a silent screen star. I am a very visual person, and I love silent films, the challenge of conveying a story without words, it’s the opposite of what I do, I tell a story with words but without images for the reader to look at except, hopefully, if I do it right, what my words create, like a movie playing inside their mind.What path led you to becoming an author?
BP: I suppose it started with reading and then, ten years ago, after my mother died, a combination of an impulsive middle of the night decision to write a novel about Piers Gaveston and the need for a project to help me work through my grief and the changes her death brought about in my life.What is the single best piece of advice you’ve received as an author that you would like to share?
BP: When you’re rejected, your feelings are hurt, or you’re doubting yourself, always remember that it boils down to a matter of opinion, everything the critics, readers etc. says to you, whether good or bad, is simply their opinion. What one person hates, another loves, or can take or leave.What is up next for author Brandy Purdy?
BP: If all goes well, a novel about the Grey sisters (Lady Jane, Katherine, and Mary) sometime next year.A few random questions . . .
If I was a character in Winnie the Pooh, I would be . . .BP: To be honest, I’m not familiar enough to say.
Structured routine or fly by the seat of your pants?BP: A combination of the two.
My favorite guilty pleasure movie is . . .BP: Gone With The Wind
The thing I would like best about living in Tudor England would be . . .BP: The jewelry if I could afford it.
The fictional character I would most love to meet is . . .BP: That’s a tough one, I really don’t know
BP: Every time I complete a new book I get a new jellyfish paperweight, they’re these beautiful heavy glass domes with a glass jellyfish sealed inside, they’re all hand made so no two are identical. I love sea creatures, but an aquarium would be too much for me to deal with, so this is one way I can indulge myself.
Lastly, what one word do you think best describes The Queen’s Pleasure?BP: Emotional
Thank you again, Brandy, for stopping by and taking the time to chat with me and my readers. I wish you the best of luck and greatest success with The Queen's Pleasure (known as A Court Affair in the U.K.) and look forward not only to your book on the Grey sisters but hope to see a book on old Hollywood!
The Queen's Pleasure will be released on June 26, 2012 and can be preordered on Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. If you make a purchase through my link I will receive a small commission.
For more information on author Brandy Purdy, please visit her website at www.brandypurdy.com, you can also follow her, and her cat Tabby, via her blog at http://brandypurdy.blogspot.com or on Facebook as Brandy Purdy - Emily Purdy.
Now for the giveaway! I have one copy of The Queen's Pleasure up for grabs. To enter, leave a comment letting me know what your favorite historical period is. Be sure to leave your name and email address (or at least indicate that your email address may be found in your profile). NO EMAIL ADDRESS = NO ENTRY!
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The last day to enter the giveaway is June 30.