King Richard III was the reason I became an author. After reading
Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time
in my early 20s, Richard became a bit of an obsession. Well into my
50s, after developing some writing skills as a newspaper editor, I decided
to attempt a novel about who I thought the real Richard was. It was
a labor of love and was published as A Rose for the Crown
by Touchstone at Simon & Schuster.
either a minor character or is made mention of in all of my books. From
that first book where I looked at him through the eyes of a young woman
who loved him, to my newest, Royal Mistress, Richard went from being a protagonist to an antagonist as I was
forced to look at his actions from other people’s point of view.
So when the
discovery of a skeleton beneath a car park in Leicester was made and
the bones thought to be those of my favorite king, I was very excited.
Richard is the only crowned king of England whose grave has never been
found. The news has rekindled interest in the man, and Ricardians throughout
the world, and there are thousands of us excited to learn the
results of the DNA testing!
You can read
more by going to these links:
This is a wonderful compilation of all things Richard III, including A ROSE FOR THE CROWN: Royalist.Info
On February 4, 2013, the day it was announced Richard III's remains had
been identified, I was pleased to be interviewed for Public Radio
International's "The World". In the 7 minute segment below, I am
interviewed from approximately minutes 3 - 7: