My main character

  1. ) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
    2) When and where is the story set?
    3) What should we know about your main character?
    4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
    5) What is the personal goal of the character?
    6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
    7) When can we expect the book to be published?

    My main character is Margaret of Anjou, who was Queen of England from 1445 – 1461.

    My story opens in 1453 when her husband Henry VI falls into a state of catatonic schizophrenia and ends in 1471 with the ruin of her house.  Those years take her from England to Wales, Scotland and back to her native France.

    Margaret is an anomaly.  In an age when queens sat in their palaces and received news between performing acts of charity and birthing babies, she took power into her own hands, dictated policy, dealt with other heads of state and led armies.  In the thoroughly male-dominated world of the fifteenth century this was quite an achievement.

    The main conflict is the War of the Roses, the struggle between the house of Lancaster, personified by Margaret, and the house of York, first for control of a weak and unsatisfactory king and then for the crown itself.

    Margaret has to repress her feminine instincts in order to protect her unstable husband and young son.  Even when the house of York appears to be triumphant she never gives up the struggle to restore her husband to the throne and her son to his birthright.

    The working title of this book is The Remorseless Queen and is as factual as I can make it.  It will be available in June.


Author: susanappleyardwriter

I am a writer and reader of historical fiction. In the eighties I had 2 books published traditionally and recently 2 books self-published. I live in Canada for half the year - the warm half - and Mexico for the other half.

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