Wednesday, 5 December 2012
The Lords of Gower and King John
My book Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth began with an interest in Swansea Castle and developed into a fascination for the medieval period in the history of Gower, in South Wales. The events surrounding Alina de Breos were the ones which captured my interest, and the resulting book luckily coincided with the refurbishment of Oystermouth Castle and extensive work on the chapel which Alina built there. So far I have sold about 250 print copies and a few ebooks, actually going well into profit – unusual for this type of book.
But there are more fascinating events in Alina's family tree, and I've finally decided to take the plunge and write another book. I won't have the 'hook' of Alina's chapel this time, but I hope the people who enjoyed the first book will come back and buy the second, and I'm hoping many more people will have their curiosity piqued enough to buy too.
As before, it will be written in an accessible style, but with full bibliography and endnotes to satisfy the academics. This time it's further back, a whole century earlier – King John reigned from 1199 to 1216, whereas Alina lived from 1291 to 1331. So far I have the basic story and I'm doing detailed research on each stage, starting with King John.
I'll report my progress in my Writing Wednesday posts, and I hope you'll leave suggestions and encouragements in the comments.