Thursday, 2 September 2010
Image via WikipediaAvril Field-Taylor writes crime novels, and, like her contemporary detective, Georgia Pattison, sings. But, she also writes alternative history crime novels and is currently working on a series set in Tudor Britain featuring Luke Ballard, apothecary and elemancer. Yes, like you, I know what an apothecary is, but an elemancer? Well, it's a magician who uses the elements to perform magic. And Luke is involved with the court of King Henry IX, the son of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Avril doesn't mess with history lightly; she does very thorough research and knows her period almost as if she had lived in it. No, she's not that old; a mere spring chicken, in fact, but she gives the impression with her writing that she has been there, done that, in the locations and time she uses to such good effect in her books. If you have an interest in Tudor England, or find the idea of alternative history fascinating, or if you just want to witness some real, professional research in action, I recommend a visit to her blog. It's a new site, so, if you visit it now, you'll be in at the beginning and be able to join Avril on her journey to discover the facts about the Tudor period and see how she uses this knowledge to build a fascinating world in which her hero can perform his detective work.