Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Interview with Mary Findley

What is Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion about?
Hope is a 17 year old living in Medieval England. She rebels against her uncle's strict tutoring in the Latin Scriptures and his "heretical" beliefs. Especially she resents being betrothed to his son Richard, missing for more than fifteen years after joining a Crusade, a "prodigal son" before he left, and twenty years her senior. The earl's son Robert tempts her to choose him over duty and family. But when her home is destroyed and her family kidnapped, only a mysterious stranger believes her story and pledges his help. 

Where is your book available? Amazon for Kindle and Smashwords in several e-book formats.

Where did you get the idea for your book?
I was teaching a Sunday School Junior Church and had to keep coming up with biblically-based stories for the classes. This is a modified version of one I came up with for that, more than twenty years ago.

How did you come up with the title?It identifies the two main characters in the story, and the concept of "hope" is played on throughout the story.

Who designed the cover?I did. It incorporates elements of a medieval gilded manuscript and features a WWII era photo of my father. I make our covers and illustrations in Photo Impact, which has wonderful editing, textures and faux-3D features.

Do you have to travel a lot for your books?My husband and I live in a tractor trailer and travel all the time, but for our books, my "travels" are exclusively online.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?My first complete book was written shortly after High School, but it has undergone many severe revisions and currently exists as "Send a White Rose," a Southwestern adult romance also on Amazon for Kindle.

If your book was a movie, who would you pick to play the main characters?Hugh Jackman is one of my favorite actors, and it would be great to have him play the knight. I don't know very many young female actresses, but possibly Anna Popplewell, who played Susan Pevensie in the Chronicles of Narnia. But Hope is not very tall, so I'm not sure if she would work out.

Do you plan on writing sequels?I am seriously thinking about a kind of sequel dealing with the knight's best friend in the book, an Egyptian Arab, and his life before and after this story's scope.

How long did it take you to complete Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion?As I said, I have reworked it over a period of more than 20 years, but the essential story was completed in two-three years.Incidentally, there is an "Illuminated" version, with illustrations using the template design pictured in the cover. Those illustrations took about two months to complete.

What is your favorite book?Too many good books to pin one down. My favorite authors are Charles Dickens and Jane Austin. I love
Tale of Two Cities and Persuasion especially.

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