‘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….”

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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 Boaand The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name, an anthology of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). A further anthology, Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, is planned for later this year…

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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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