Fascinating new release featured on Author Chats

Drema Drudge’s powerful first novel Victorine not only gives this determined and gifted artist back to us but also recreates an era of important transition into the modern world. Join Drema on Author Chats, where she reveals why Thomas Hardy’s Dorset countryside is so influential, the research that revealed “the real” Victorine Meurent, and the secrets she has hidden in her novel.

Drema Drudge | New Release: Victorine

Women’s History Month | 17th Century Healers: Lucy Apsley & Johanna St.John

Delighted to be with Gillian Polack on her blog today, with an article about Lucy Apsley’s role in the Tower of London – not only as the Keeper’s Wife, but as the woman responsible for the health and wellbeing of the prisoners.

“…Sir Walter Raleigh and Mr. Ruthven being prisoners in the Tower, and addicting themselves to chemistry, she (Lucy St.John Apsley) suffered them to make their rare experiments at her cost, partly to comfort and divert the poor prisoners, and partly to gain the knowledge of their experiments, and the medicines to help such poor people as were not able to seek physicians. By these means she acquired a great deal of skill, which was very profitable to many all her life. She was not only to these, but to all the other prisoners that came into the Tower, as a mother. All the time she dwelt in the Tower, if any were sick she made them broths and restoratives with her own hands, visited and took care of them, and provided them all necessaries; if any were afflicted she comforted them, so that they felt not the inconvenience of a prison who were in that place.”

Lucy Hutchinson, Biographical Fragment
Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson

Women’s History Month guest, Elizabeth St. John

Annie Whitehead Talks Anglo-Saxon in Author Chats

Today I’m excited to chat with Annie Whitehead, whose fiction and non-fiction work on Anglo Saxon England is inspiring in its depth of research and compelling stories. I was fortunate enough to recently read an Advance Review Copy of her latest work, Women of Power in Anglo-Saxon England, and I was absolutely enthralled. Join us as we talk about the challenges of researching the dark ages, why The Mill on the Floss is so important to her, and what picture she keeps on her desk to inspire her writing.

https://www.elizabethjstjohn.com/guest-authors/annie-whitehead-author-and-historian/

Happy Birthday Lady Diana

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Lady Diana St John nee Spencer, born on 24th March 1734. Lady Diana was a very talented artist who, after her divorce from Frederick St John, 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke, supported herself creating designs for Wedgwood pottery, some of which are still in use today. Some of her designs were inspired by the country scenes she saw around Lydiard Park and the Blue Closet in Lydiard House is dedicated to her art.

www.friendsoflydiardpark.org.uk.

Welcoming Tony Riches, Tudor Storyteller, to Author Chats

Thrilled to have historical fiction author Tony Riches to tea in Author Chats today. Tony’s passion for all things Tudor resonates throughout his work and makes for truly compelling storytelling. Today he talks about his newest release, Katherine – Tudor Duchess, the ethical decision he had to make about writing this novel, and why a literary pilgrimage took him all the way to Brittany.

https://www.elizabethjstjohn.com/tony-riches-tudor-storyteller/

The Earl and the Lady are Free

The Earl and the Lady are free historical fiction short stories. Go ahead and take advantage of them. They deserve it. 😂🖤💔🖤

https://www.elizabethjstjohn.com/counterpoint-theo/

Theo Howard, Earl of Suffolk is torn. Betrothed to a child to satisfy his family dynasty, he longs for the freedom to make his own choice. And when he attends a lavish party at his family’s newly-restored palace, he is immediately attracted to Lucy, a beautiful young lavender-seller. But in this enchanted world of Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream, all is not as it appears. Theo’s headstrong sister Frances is determined to sabotage her own arranged marriage, and aided by the cunning of Frances and her friend Barbara St.John, perhaps Theo can find his own path to happiness and true love.

Barbara St.John Villiers has always despised her sister Lucy, and when Theo Howard, Earl of Suffolk, fell in love with her, Barbara thought she’d die of jealousy. Instead, she decided to get even by befriending someone even more scandalous than herself, Theo’s sister, Frances Howard, Countess of Somerset. Unfortunately, Frances was then imprisoned in the Tower of London, accused of murder, and Barbara had to find a way to turn this to her advantage – and continue her vendetta against Lucy.

 

 

 

Introducing Author Chats

I’m excited to welcome some of my favourite historical fiction authors to visit and chat about themselves and their books. In the coming weeks, I’ll be talking with authors from a wide range of historical eras – from Anglo Saxons to the Stuarts, alternative world Romans to Tudors, and other fascinating settings. And, my guests will share all kinds of great insights – from their own favourite novels, to their writing approach – or even a novel which makes them cry, still.  So, pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee (that’s another question) and enjoy getting to meet the authors behind some extraordinary historical fiction.

This week, best-selling author Cryssa Bazos joins me and talks about her love of 17th Century England, naming her characters (or how they named themselves), and which novel she considers the most under-appreciated historical fiction (hint: it’s by Daphne du Maurier).

https://www.elizabethjstjohn.com/guest-authors/cryssa-bazos-17th-century-enthusiast/

Theo is FREE this weekend … are you?

My historical fiction short story is free through the weekend – an enlightening story about Lucy St.John’s jilted lover from The Lady of the Tower.

“I did not want a slippery, silver-tongued lady of court. I wanted my lavender-seller, the girl who read Plato and cultivated her medicinal herbs.”

Theo Howard, Earl of Suffolk is torn. Betrothed to a child to satisfy his family dynasty, he longs for the freedom to make his own choice. And when he attends a lavish party at his family’s newly-restored palace, he is immediately attracted to Lucy, a beautiful young lavender-seller. But in this enchanted world of Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream, all is not as it appears. Theo’s headstrong sister Frances is determined to sabotage her own arranged marriage, and aided by the cunning of Frances and her friend Barbara St.John, perhaps Theo can find his own path to happiness and true love.

Lose yourself in a free historical fiction short story. Download at Amazon, or here on my website.
https://amazon.com/dp/B07642NX8G

Free Stories

Second Wrench Lecture Series begins March 8


English Speaking Union
Reception and Lecture Tour

Sunday, March 8th 5:30 pm
Ralph’s on the Park, New Orleans
Tuesday, March 10th 6:00 pm
Walker Fine Art, Denver
Wednesday, March 11th 5:30 pm
Kansas City Main Library, Kansas City
Thursday, March 12th 5:30 pm
The University Club, Memphis
Saturday, March 14th 6:00 pm
The Historic J.B. Daniel House, Nashville

Tickets and information available on the ESU Branch Websites