What enspired you to write this book? Or tell us a little about how this story first came to be. Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?
When I was in grade 12 I took a history class where I had to pick a country to study, and I chose Wails because of my heritage on my father’s side. It was during the course that I was introduced to my main character. From the moment I read about him I knew that one day I would write his story. It took several years for me to figure out how best to write the story, but then one day I met someone who encouraged me to finely write the story and I am so happy that they did so. At first my plan was to write the whole story into one book, but it became clear early on that it would be much better to split the story into three books. Each book being about a different part in the life of my main character as a ruler of Gwynedd Wails.
What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?
When writing my novel, I learned about how to structure a novel and how organising my notes into an outline helps with the writing process over all. I learned how to edit my work to a certen extent as well.
What surprised you the most in writing it??
I think what surprised me the most while writing my novel was how much fun it was.
What does the title mean??
The title, Princes and Kings, states what the book is about. In the 13th century in which my book is based in, the rulers of England were known as kings and the rulers of Wails were known as princes. My book is about the relationship between the rulers of Gwynedd Wails and the king of England.
Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?
Several of the characters in my novel are based on real historical figures who lived many years ago in the 13th century AD.
Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?
I didn’t write the novel with a lesson or moral in mind and I don’t feel that it has one to it, but I suppose if someone wanted to find one in it they could if they looked hard enough.
What is your favorite part of the book?
This is a hard question to answer because I like so many parts of the book. But if I had to pick one particular scene it would have to be when King Henry’s best knight, Sir Stanley and the main character, Llywelyn have a conversation after Sir Stanley takes down the entire raiding party led by Llywelyn had tried to attack him and take his horse. In the scene you get to see who Llywelyn really is.
Which character was most challenge to create? Why?
I think the hardest character to creat was Llywelyn’s youngest brother, Rhodri. There wasn’t much about him in the history notes I was working with and so I had to try and imaging him as a small child and what it must have been like for him as the youngest of four children.
What are your immediate future plans?
I am working on the first draft of the second book in this series. When this book is finished I plan to publish it and then start working on the third and final installment in the series.