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Name of fiction work? And were there other names you considered that you would like to share with us? A Murder By Any Name (Crooked Lane Books, 2018); 1st novel in Elizabethan spy murder mystery series.
Fiction genre? Ex science fiction, short story, fantasy novella, romance, drama, crime, plays, flash fiction, historical, comedy, movie script, screenplay, etc. And how many pages long? Historical fiction. approximately 90K words.
Has this been published? And it is totally fine if the answer is no. If yes, what publisher and what publication date? Yes. published by Crooked Lane Books.
What is the date you began writing your most recently published novel and the date when you completed the most recently published novel? I began writing in summer of 2016 and completed it by fall 2016
Where did you do most of your writing for your most recently published novel? And please describe in detail. And can you please include a photo? I have a desk in a bedroom. All that is required, as Virginia Woolf (Right) famously said, is “a room of my own” where I can shut the door. I need privacy and quiet in order to write. I have never been able to write in public places like coffee shops or travelling.
What were your writing habits while writing your most recently published novel? Did you drink something as you wrote, listen to music, write in pen and paper, directly on laptop; specific time of day? I got up at 6am every morning 7 days a week and wrote for as long as I could. I use a laptop and do not play any music. My desk faces a window but I keep the blinds down so I will not be tempted to look at the view. When I am writing to deadline, I will also write in the evenings until about 11pm.
What is the summary of this specific fiction work? The court of Elizabeth I (Right) is thrown into chaos when the Queen’s youngest lady-in-waiting is murdered. Solving this murder will require the cunning and savvy possessed by only one man. Enter Nicholas Holt, younger brother of the Earl of Blackwell—spy, rake, and owner of the infamous Black Sheep tavern in the seedy district of Bankside. On the trail of a diabolical killer, Nick and his faithful sidekick—an enormous Irish wolfhound named Hector—are treading on treacherous ground, and only the killer’s head on a platter can keep them in the Queen’s good graces.
Can you give the reader just enough information for them to understand what is going on in the excerpt? Nick Holt, my sleuth, is viewing the body of Queen Elizabeth I’s youngest lady-in-waiting. She has been murdered and her body left on the high altar of the Chapel Royal in Whitehall. Here, he recalls seeing her when she was alive.
Please include the most emotional excerpt you wrote from your most recently published novel. The excerpt can be as short or as long as you prefer. From Murder By Any Name “His gaze moved farther down the body. There was no other damage. A mercy. A brief vision of Cecily, alive and laughing, came to him: He had been strolling by the river on the Carew estate one evening at dusk when he heard a splash. Thinking he had disturbed a waterfowl from its nest in the reeds, he’d scanned the river and seen a lithe white body emerge above the surface and then dive down again like a sleek albino otter. He had crouched in the grass watching, entranced by the girl’s innocent play, a river naiad straight out of the tales of Ovid. When she had begun to swim toward the bank, he stole silently away, not wanting to frighten or shame her. Her innocence had stayed with him and provided a kind of solace in a world neck-deep in lust, greed, treachery, and death. Now that loveliness had been callously snuffed out. Nick vowed to find the monster responsible and hand him over to the executioner to be hung, drawn, and quartered, for surely only a low-born varlet’s death could atone for such a sin. ‘Find the one who did this, Holt,’ the Queen said, as if reading his thoughts. ‘And bring him to me for, by Christ, I will not suffer such a man to live.’”
Why is this excerpt so emotional for you? And can you describe your own emotional experience of writing this specific excerpt? It is emotional because the passage describes the violation of something pure and innocent by something deeply evil. I felt the same outrage as Nick and Queen Elizabeth 1st and the same desire for justice.
Other works you have published?
The Confessions of X (HCC, 2016)
Unveiling (Paraclete Press, 2018)
Suzanne M. Wolfe grew up in England and read English Literature at Oxford University. Wolfe is the author of The Confessions of X, winner of Christianity Today’s 2017 Book of the Year Award, and Unveiling. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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INSIDE THE EMOTION OF FICTION links
001 11 15 2018 Nathaniel Kaine’s
John Hunter – The Veteran
002 11 18 2018 Ed Protzzel’s
The Antiquities Dealer
003 11 23 2018 Janice Seagraves’s
Science Fiction Romance
004 11 29 2018 Christian Fennell’s
Literary Fiction Novel
The Fiddler in the Night
005 12 02 2018 Jessica Mathews’s
Adult Paranormal Romance
006 12 04 2018 Robin Jansen’s
Literary Fiction Novel
Ruby the Indomitable
007 12 12 2018 Adair Valerez’s
Literary Fiction Novel
008 12 17 218 Kit Frazier’s
009 12 21 2019 Robert Craven’s
The Road of a Thousand Tigers
010 01 13 2019 Kristine Goodfellow’s
Contemporary Romantic Fiction
The Other Twin
011 01 17 2019 Nancy J Cohen’s
Trimmed To Death
012 01 20 2019 Charles Salzberg’s
Second Story Man
013 01 23 2019 Alexis Fancher’s
His Full Attention
014 01 27 2019 Brian L Tucker’s
POKEWEED: AN ILLUSTRATED NOVELLA
015 01 31 2019 Robin Tidwell’s
016 02 07 2019 J.D. Trafford’s
Little Boy Lost
017 02 08 2019 Paula Shene’s
Young Adult ScieFi/Fantasy/Romance/Adventure
My Quest Begins
018 02 13 2019 Talia Carner’s
Mainstream Fiction/ Suspense/ Historical
019 02 15 2019 Rick Robinson’s
020 02 21 2019 LaVerne Thompson’s
The Soul Collectors
021 02 27 2019 Marlon L Fick’s
The Nowhere Man
022 03 02 2019 Carol Johnson’s
Silk And Ashes
023 03 06 2019 Samuel Snoek-Brown’s
Short Story Collection
There Is No Other Way to Worship Them
024 03 08 2019 Marlin Barton’s
Short Story Collection
025 03 18 2019 Laura Hunter’s
026 03 21 2019 Maggie Rivers’s
027 03 25 2019 Faith Gibson’s
028 03 27 2019 Valerie Nieman’s
To The Bones
029 04 04 2019 Betty Bolte’s
Veiled Visions of Love
030 04 05 2019 Marianne Maili’s
Lucy, go see
031 04 10 2019 Gregory Erich Phillips’s
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033 04 24 2019 Stephen P. Keirnan’s
The Baker’s Secret
034 05 01 2019 George Kramer’s
Arcadis: Prophecy Book
035 05 05 2019 Erika Sams’s
Rose of Dance
036 05 07 2019 Mark Wisniewski’s
Watch Me Go
037 05 08 2019 Marci Baun’s
The Whispering House
038 05 10 2019 Suzanne M. Wolfe’s
Murder By Any Name
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