‘The importance of place and location research…’ – a #GuestBlog for Mary Anne Yard

The wonderful Mary Anne Yarde has again kindly hosted me on her ‘Myths, Legends, Books and Coffee Pots’ blog, here chatting about the importance of place and location research for my writing. As I’ve recently been on a road trip for my work-in-progress, the third ‘White Boar’ book, there are a few pointers to just what the currently titled ‘King in Waiting’ may be about and where parts of it may be set…

“I’ve long appreciated the importance of place in my own writing – and therefore the value of location research. My first children’s novel, Time out of Time, was set in a fictionalized version of my childhood home – not that I grew up in a huge dilapidated house in the country, but that old house is set within a landscape that is an amalgam of the village on the edge of suburbia where I grew up, the local public open space (a small river valley with the remnants of a Victorian gunpowder mill strung out along it), and the rolling downland thereabouts….”

Read on at:


Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK).

A third book in the ‘White Boar’ sequence, King in Waiting, will be published on 17 September 2021, with the fourth, Sons of York, due out in 2022. Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time.

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About alexmarchantblog

A Ricardian since a teenager, and following stints as an archaeologist and in publishing, Alex now lives and works in King Richard’s own country, not far from his beloved York and Middleham
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