Today I say hello to fellow Crooked Cat author Jennifer Wilson, who’s here to talk about her fascination with Richard III and Kindred Spirits: The Tower of London, the novel that came out of it. Welcome, Jennifer!
Hi Tim, and thank you for inviting me onto your blog today!
We’re pretty much a year since I received a relatively unassuming white envelope, retrieved from the post-box one morning as I hurried out to work. I didn’t think much of it, until, on the Metro, I flipped it over, and saw the gold logo of the Richard III centre in Leicester. My heart started racing – surely, it was just to tell me I hadn’t been successful in the public ballot for places at the funeral? But then, thousands must have entered for one of the six hundred places – waste of money to write to us all? With trembling fingers I peeled it open – an invite! To the Service of Compline. I didn’t even know what Compline was, but who cared? Research could be done later. I was going to Leicester…
Once there, it was a strange combination of lecture series, city-break and pilgrimage. The University had made a full weekend of it, with a series of talks and demonstrations, and I threw in a couple of guided tours around buildings not usually open to the public. The whole weekend was such an inspiration, that it gave me the spur I needed to get the 50,000 words from a previous NaNoWriMo into shape. Funny, half the time I was wandering around Leicester, my mind was firmly in the Tower of London!
Even though Richard has always been buried in Leicester, I thought of all the places his ghost could go, the Tower made the most sense. It was the heart of English power during his time, and of course, where those pesky Princes managed to go missing. Surely this is where he would go. And he’d already have plenty of ‘friends’ to keep him company when he arrived.
Kindred Spirits: Tower of London, following the ‘lives’ of the Tower’s ghostly community, was released by Crooked Cat Publishing in October 2015, and as part of their paranormal-themed week, it is currently reduced to 99p/c.
If you do take a look, I hope you enjoy it.
Kindred Spirits: Tower of London:
A King, three Queens, a handful of nobles and a host of former courtiers… In the Tower of London, the dead outnumber the living, with the likes of Tudor Queens Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard rubbing shoulders with one man who has made his way back from his place of death at Bosworth Field to discover the truth about the disappearance of his famous nephews. Amidst the chaos of daily life, with political and personal tensions running high, Richard III takes control, as each ghostly resident looks for their own peace in the former palace – where privacy was always a limited luxury. With so many characters haunting the Tower of London, will they all find the calm they crave? But foremost – will the young Plantagenet Princes join them?
Jennifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots on childhood holidays (she has since moved on to Richard III). She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Hull, and has worked as a marine environmental consultant since graduating.
Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east reignited Jennifer’s pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and also continues to work on developing her poetic voice, reading at a number of events, and with several pieces available online. Her debut novel Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was published by Crooked Cat Publishing in October 2015.
International Amazon link: http://authl.it/B016TRKU2A
Smashwords link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/586365