Hello Marlow, thank you for having me on today. I’m excited to be here.
Before I introduce my debut novel, Love’s Battle, I wanted to touch a bit on the research that went to writing this romantic fantasy.
When I was first seriously considering trying to make writing my career, I came across a piece of advice that I strive to achieve every time I pick up my pen. ‘If you can take the fantasy out of your story and it still works, it’s not fantasy, but reality.’ While writing Love’s Battle and now as I’m working on her sister’s stories, this is the standard I strive to achieve. A seamless blending of fantasy within reality.
To do that I spent a lot of time choosing and identifying a few well-known historical figures and events throughout the course of the Howard girls’ eleven lives.
Their story begins when I had them fathered by Cinaed mac Alpin, Scotland’s first credited king. They then graced the presence of Mary, Queen of Scots, were ladies in waiting to King John’s wife, Isabella. Were muses for and painted by Raphael, hung as witches in Massachusetts during the hysteria of 1692, and like the phoenix, they rose again a lifetime later to play pivotal roles within Roosevelt’s White House. Only time will tell how many important events they will have influenced during this life time.
Love’s Battle- Angela Hayes