Welcome! To all new members of the Order!
The group of friends who have sworn lifelong loyalty – to each other and to their good lord, King Richard III.
Read about their adventures in The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Man (out 26 May 2018). The paperback and ebook can be ordered from Amazon at myBook.to/WhiteBoar and mybook.to/TheKingsMan, from Blurb at http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8167813-the-order-of-the-white-boar and http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8770224-the-king-s-man or by contacting AlexMarchant84@gmail.com.
The Order of the White Boar follows the adventures of Matthew Wansford, 12-year-old page to Duke Richard of Gloucester, at Middleham Castle and in Westminster, from the summer of 1482. The King’s Man picks up the story in the spring of 1483, as the Year of the Three Kings unfolds . . .
And don’t forget, if you and/or your young people enjoy the book, please leave a review on Amazon, GoodReads or elsewhere – thank you!
The first two interviews on this exciting blog hop have now been posted. Read about both Angle-Saxon warrior Byrhtnoth and fifteenth-century lady Eleanor Elder in their own words at:
Why not let them introduce you to what may become some of your new favourite books?
The rest of the schedule for the Blog Hop is as follows:
Matthew looks forward to saying hello on 20 July!
Dan Moorhouse of the Schools History website and Facebook page was kind enough to interview me about my books and working with schools for English and history lessons. It begins:
Alex Marchant writes historical fiction set against the background of the Wars of the Roses. The Order of the White Boar and The Kings Man use the life of Richard III to weave stories that are ideal for readers from Key Stage 2 upwards. In this interview Alex outlines uses of the books in several Primary Schools, the research that goes into her books and offers insights into the way in which historical fiction is written.
Your books are set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses and the life of Richard III. What was it that caught your attention about this period and your particular interest in Richard?
My first real encounter with King Richard III was in the school library when I was about 14 or 15 – browsing the shelves for my next read, I came across a book with the intriguing title The Daughter of Time by an author called Josephine Tey. I’d always been fascinated by history, particularly the medieval period, and often read historical fiction (Rosemary Sutcliff, Geoffrey Trease, Henry Treece among others), but this turned out to be something quite different….
The rest of the interview can be found at:
With students from Grange Tech College, Bradford
Do you enjoy historical fiction? Not sure where to find your next favourite author – or character?
For something a little different, why not follow the upcoming Historical Writers Forum ‘Character Blog Hop’!
Along with sixteen other historical fiction authors, I’ll be interviewing a character from someone else’s novel here on my blog, and in turn, one of my characters will be interviewed by another author.
We’ll each be sharing all the other interviews on our blogs and Facebook, etc., so why not come along and meet us all? 😃
Full details of the schedule will be posted soon. Fun starts Monday 3rd June. 📚📖
It’s now only two days to go till my take-over of the UK Indie Lit Fest social group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ukindielitfest/
Come along at 7 pm BST on Sunday 26th for an hour of chat and giveaways about King Richard and historical fiction – and a little more!
You have to be a member of the group to take part so don’t be surprised if you’ve received an invite to join – and do just follow the link if you haven’t! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ukindielitfest/ (Don’t be offended if I haven’t got round to inviting you directly – there’s only so many invitations I can send out at once! Thank you to everyone who’s responded so far.)
And don’t forget – it’s not just me. Lots of other attending authors, covering every conceivable genre (probably!) will also be doing take-overs over the next few weeks. You never know – you may well find your next favourite author(s)! 😁📚🐗
Now that all the submissions for ‘Right Trusty and Well Beloved…’ are safely gathered in (bar one or two possibly…I’m not so strict that I can’t extend the deadline a little ), my thoughts are turning to my next event (mainly to distract me from the very difficult process of selecting the pieces for inclusion…)
Next Sunday evening 26 May from 7pm BST, I’ll be hosting a one-hour take-over of the Indie Lit Fest social group in advance of attending the festival on 27 July this year – and it would be lovely to see some of my WordPress, Twitter and Facebook friends and fellow authors there!
It’ll be on the first anniversary of my first virtual launch – of ‘The King’s Man’ – and I’ll be celebrating that anniversary – and another very important anniversary from some 30 years ago…more about that on the day.
There will be competitions, giveaways and general chat. So why not come along and see what’s going on – even if you can’t make it to the festival itself in July!
I’ll be taking the liberty of inviting a few friends along to join the group in advance, as you have to be a member to participate – so please don’t be surprised at any invitations you might receive! Of course, you don’t have to wait to be invited…
Hope to see you there 😃🐗📚🖋🍾