“Serpent in the Thorns” is the second book in your Medieval Noir series. Most people think of Los Angeles when they think noir. What attracted you to 14th century London?
The Boston Globe described your protagonist Crispin Guest as a medieval Sam Spade. He’s a disgraced knight turned private investigator. We’ve seen disgraced cops before. What additional implications are there for a disgraced knight?
Reviewers praise your attention to detail and your ability to bring medieval England to life. What are some of the strangest facts you’ve run into while researching your time period?
With so much detail, do you write your first drafts and then fill in the research details later? Or do you research as you write?
Do you have any advice for aspiring historical novelists?
My best advice is to write what you love. Write what you can’t find out there to read. And keep on writing.
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