"Chatterbox" wrote:I confess that I wasn't as enamored of Spymaster as I was The Last Queen, but then the latter set a very high barrier!! And I'm really looking forward to the Catherine novel... do I really have to wait a whole year? Couldn't you just sneak me a copy in a brown paper envelope????? I won't tell anyone, really...
Quite to my surprise, I've gotten some pretty intense e-mails from readers who took serious offense at SECRET LION, from my portrayal of Cecil as a wily schemer to having Elizabeth visit court during Edward VI's demise (she didn't) to my depiction of the late Suffolk boys as twins (they weren't). I've been somewhat taken aback, because I didn't mean for LION to be an historical novel, per se; I wanted to write a mystery/adventure based loosely on historical events, a thriller set in Tudor times. It's raw, too, as I had almost no editorial help in getting it published. On the opposite spectrum, I hear from readers who adore it and ask me when the second one is coming out, which is nice to hear.
My intention is to have Brendan mature as a spy as the series progresses; so, if it does get sold I'll definitely editorially manicure LION for re-release. I've found a couple inadvertent historical gaffes that are easily fixed and there's a pesky sentance that's supposed to convey that Elizabeth is the youngest of Edward's two sisters but can also be interpreted as younger than Edward.
As for Catherine, I'm with you. I'm not fond of the wait, either, but there we have it. If I can get advance ARCS in brown paper bags, Chatterbox, believe me, you're on the list! Thanks much for your very kind words about LAST QUEEN, too. I had excellent editorial support on that book- and I guess it shows.