I’ve invited bestselling author Jennifer Ash (aka Jenny Kane) to my blog today, to tell us about her latest release, the medieval romance The Outlaw’s Ransom.
Thank you for agreeing to be a Guest Author on my blog, Jennifer. Your new book sounds fascinating. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
In all honesty- no. I had no dreams of writing a book when I was growing up. All I wanted to do was be an archaeologist or a historian –I ended up being both.
However, when my husband’s job moved from England to Scotland, I suddenly found myself unemployed. I specialised in Medieval English crime and economy- something they don’t teach in Scottish universities (at least- they didn’t back then). I needed something else to do…so after the birth of my second child, I decided to give writing a go.
Do you have a special place for writing?
I am lucky enough to have a dedicated desk in the corner of a local cafe. There is even a plaque over my table saying ‘Jenny Kane’s Corner.’ It appeared a few years ago- I arrived for work one day and there it was, on the wall over my desk. I was so touched. Even after all this time, I still can’t believe it’s there because of me.
That’s fantastic! What are you writing at the moment?
I am currently working on a medieval crime novel; Book Three of The Folville Chronicles- Edward’s Outlaw.
What inspired you to write this book?
The Folville Chronicles series is based on the research I did for my PhD many years ago. In the 1990’s I spent five years researching the Folville family from Ashby-Folville in Leicestershire. They were a gang of seven brothers from the lower gentry who took crime as a way of life. Many of their exploits echo those recorded in the Robin Hood ballads- and I was inspired to explore that fact. Did they influence the ballad writers- or were they influenced by the ballads themselves? In The Folville Chronicles (written under my Jennifer Ash pen name), my main protagonists Mathilda of Twyford and Robert de Folville, use the ballads of Robin Hood as a guide on how to live with crime- and how to use it wisely.
Here’s the blurb-
When potter’s daughter Mathilda is kidnapped by the notorious Folville brothers, as punishment for her father’s debts, she fears for her life. Although of noble birth, the Folvilles are infamous throughout the county for using crime to rule their lands – and for using any means necessary to deliver their distinctive brand of ‘justice’.
Mathilda must prove her worth to the Folvilles in order to win her freedom. To do so she must go against her instincts and, disguised as the betrothed of the youngest brother, Robert de Folville, undertake a mission that will take to Bakewell in Derbyshire, and the home of Nicholas Coterel, one of the most dangerous men in England.
With her life in the hands of more than one dangerous brigand, Mathilda must win the trust of the Folville’s housekeeper, Sarah, and Robert Folville himself if she has any chance of survival.
Never have the teachings gleaned from the tales of Robyn Hode been so useful…
It sounds intriguiging, Jennifer. What time of the day do you write best?
Early morning. I am usually in my cafe seat by 7.45am at the latest. I write until about 11am- after that I’m less productive so I work on PR, blogs, or write my workshops for my creative writing business, imagine (www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk )
What advice would you give to other writers?
Write about what your passions – the more you love a subject, the better you’ll write about it.
Great advice, Jennifer.
Buy links for The Outlaw’s Ransom-
(Please note that if you have read Romancing Robin Hood by Jenny Kane and Jennifer Ash- then you will already be familiar with the story with The Outlaw’s Ransom)
With a background in history and archaeology, Jennifer Ash should really be sat in a dusty university library translating Medieval Latin criminal records, and writing research documents that hardly anyone would want to read. Instead, tucked away in the South West of England, Jennifer writes stories of medieval crime, steeped in mystery, with a side order of romance.
Influenced by a lifelong love of Robin Hood and medieval ballad literature, Jennifer has written The Outlaw’s Ransom (Book One in The Folville Chronicles) – a short novel, which first saw the light of day within the novel Romancing Robin Hood (written under the name Jenny Kane; Pub. Littwitz Press, 2018).
Book Two of The Folville Chronicles – The Winter Outlaw – will be released in April 2018. (pub. Littwitz Press)
All of Jennifer and Jenny Kane’s news can be found at www.jennykane.co.uk
Jennifer Ash https://www.facebook.com/jenniferashhistorical/
Many thanks for inviting me to stop by today Karen. Happy reading,
You’re welcome, Jennifer. Wishing you many book sales. 🙂
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