If I Had A Time Machine

If I had a time machine and I could go visit anywhere in time I think I would want to go back to 13th century Wales when my main character, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd was alive.
To meet the man and talk to him would be amazing.
Back then they spoke in a very ancient form of Welsh.
Over the years Welsh has evolved to what it is today.
I have been taking a course in the language and I think if I had a chance to go back and talk to Llywelyn in Welsh it would be something I would never forget.
But alas we don’t have time machines and so I can only get to know the man through my writing.
It has been so wonderful writing about the man and his life and I am so happy I finely decided to do it.
I do wonder sometimes what it must have been like to rule back then.
I can only imagine as an author what it must have been like to have all that weight of everyone counting on you to make the right decisions and do the right thing.
The middle ages was such a turbulent time in history with different countries and kingdoms at each other’s throats all the time.
I just feel fortunate that through my writing I can get a glimpse of the lives of different historical figures and try to bring them to life once more on paper and in the minds of those who read my book.

What Drew Me To Historical Fiction

History has always been an interest of mine. In school it was one of my best subjects. I have always loved how it tells a story about people and events in the past, sometimes in just a few words on a page. From the events of world war two to the Viking invaders and so on I can always find something interesting to read about. I also like how history can be portrayed in so many different ways. From documentaries to historical fiction novels and their big-screen adaptations.

I think what drew me to historical fiction is the chance to look at history from a different point of view. As a historical fiction author, I have the opportunity to take a character or historical event from a few words on a page and bring them to life once more. I first fell in love with the genre wen I was introduced to the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I loved how she brought her characters to life. I also liked how through her writing I felt like I was back in time with the main character.

In grade 12 I came across my main character’s story during a history class. Being Welsh on my father’s side, I found his story very entreaguing. I felt like it was a possible starting point for me to one day become an author of historical fiction. It took several years for me to finely figure out how to wright the story, but now having written and published my first historical fiction novel I don’t know how it could have taken me so long. It was the most fun I have had in a long time and I can’t wait to delve into the stories of so many other historical figures in the future.

When I wrote my book I felt like I was getting to know my characters and understand their world. 13th century Britain was such a different place to live in than anything we know today. They didn’t have electricity back then, so, instead of flicking a switch to turn on the lights, they had to rely on sunlight and firelight. People had to be tough back then as well in a way we don’t need to be now. Wen I am writing my books I start to think about what it must have been like to live back then and I am always very grateful that I live in the world now. I think if I had a time machine I would go back and visit, but I wouldn’t want to get stuck there.

Literary Gold Interview

 

 

 

When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?

 

I think the first time I really considered myself to be a writer was when I wrote my book, Princes and Kings. When I published it and saw it begin to generate sales I truly felt like an author.

 

What advice do you have for a new writer?

 

For any aspiring writer, write from the heart. The saying, “write what you know,” is true. If you write what you are passionate about it will come out in your writing.

 

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

 

I have always had a big imagination, so writing characters and their stories has always come fairly easy for me. I also find writing dialog to be fun and easy because as a blind person, the more dialog the better both in a book as well as in a film or TV show.

 

What is your favorite part of this story?

 

I like so many parts of the story. But I think if I had to pick one, it would be the scene with the character, Owain, my main character’s older brother and their father, Gruffudd when Gruffudd tries to escape their cell in The Tower of London and dies in the process. Writing the dialog for that scene was challenging in a good way and writing the emotions that Owain felt while he sat over his father’s body was some of the most interesting writing I did for this book.

 

Which character was the most fun to write about? Why?

 

I loved writing about so many characters in this book. The main character, Llywelyn was very interesting and fun to write about, but I also enjoyed writing about his older brother Owain. He was hot headed and tended to speak out when it would be better to keep quiet; where Llywelyn was much more diplomatic and level headed. It is what made him such a good leader.

 

Which character was the hardest to write about? Why?

 

Rhodri, Llywelyn’s youngest brother was difficult to write about because there wasn’t much about him in the notes I was working with. That being said, there wasn’t much more about his second youngest brother, Dafydd either. So I would have to say they were both the hardest characters to write because I had  to use my  imagination mostly to create them.

 

 

How I Became An Author

 

Ever since I was a child, I have enjoyed a good story. I have always loved how  it can be so easy to disappear into another world with a good book. When I  was old enough to write on my own I took my love for stories and started to write my own. I have always had a big imagination and have tried my best to use it to create compelling writing. My novel, Princes and Kings, is my first published work as an author. I have enjoyed the writing process and the chance to share my love for a good story with others and plan to continue  to write for many years to come.

 

During the writing of my novel, I learned how important it is to have a good outline to work from. So, to any aspiring authors, I can not stress enough how much a good outline can make the writing process so much easier in the long run. It helps to organise your thoughts and the plot of your story and it will make you look much more professional as an author. Also, write from the heart. If you write what you know then your passion will come out in your writing. For myself I like things like life, love and history.

 

Love can come in so many forms. There can be the love of family, friends, a job or life itself. I find that in any good story love for something or someone is  what drives the main character to do what they do. I think this is true in life as well. Even to hate we need to love first. Remember to keep reading as well. Through reading, we can find what we like and don’t like and then take that and use it in our writing.

 

This has been the story of how I became an author and my thoughts on writing. If you like what you have read here, or have any questions, let me know. I would love to hear from you.

 

Sadie’s Spotlight Interview

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.

 

Princes and Kings

In the year 1240 AD, the land of Gwynedd Wales found themselves without a leader when their king, Llywelyn the Great, died at a ripe old age. The natural successor to the king was his son Dafydd, who took on the job of ruler after his death. Soon after taking on the job he was forced to sign a treaty with the king of England and send his brother Gruffudd and his nephew Owain to England to be imprisoned in the Tower of London in exchange for keeping his land and title.

His other nephew, Llywelyn, became the new head warrior after his father’s imprisonment, travelling the country and patrolling the borders to the north and the south. After four years imprisonment in the Tower of London, Gruffudd died while attempting to escape from his tower cell, and his son Owain was released by the king himself. He wanted Owain to help him start a civil war in Gwynedd. Meanwhile, after finding out about his brother’s death from a letter sent by his nephew Owain, Dafydd declared war on England, prompting Owain to escape Winchester Castle, where he had been recovering from his time in prison to find his brother Llywelyn and help him in the war between England and Gwynedd.

During the course of the war, Dafydd was killed in battle, leaving the Welsh army without a leader. Being the brave and noble man that he was, Llywelyn called the men to him and, with his leadership, they managed to send the English packing. With the new weight of responsibility thrust upon his shoulders, Llywelyn rode home at the head of the army to find that his world had changed. Now not only was his father gone but his mother as well, and the land of Gwynedd was once again without a leader. It became clear that the best man for the job was Llywelyn himself, and he decided that there was nothing else to do but become the new ruler. He would do anything to keep his people safe, even if that meant taking on a responsibility that he felt he was too young for. He would never abandon his people for anything and let the English take everything from him.