1. What was your inspiration to write The Queen's Daughter? Why Joan of
I’m really passionate about historical fiction, so there was never any serious question of me writing anything else. I wanted to write a medieval adventure novel about the crusade against the Cathar heretics in
2. Did you have to do a lot of research while/before writing?
Yes. I did a lot of research before and kept researching the whole time. In fact, research is a great cure for and enabler of writer’s block. It was difficult to find much specific information about Joan, but there is a wealth of information about the time period and it’s so interesting and complex. Whenever I had trouble writing, I would just read and read and read.
3. In what ways do you relate to Joan?
My first disclaimer is MY MOTHER IS WONDERFUL!!!! So in the most basic ways, I can’t relate to Joan at all. She had a horrible childhood. Her family was torn apart, violently, by ambition, distrust, and greed for power. And she was sent away to marry a stranger before she was even teenaged. It’s hard for any suburban twentieth (twenty-first?) century American girl to relate to that. But Joan tried to stay true to her own inner values even while being loyal to the people she loved. And I think that even when she was attempting to be as tough as her mother, Joan was inherently kind. She treated people nicely. I can’t say that I always do that, but it’s what I want to do.
4. What are some of your favorite YA historical fiction novels?
I love Jude Watson/Judy Blundell’s writing, so What I Saw and How I Lied is one of my favorites even though it isn’t medieval. And I absolutely can’t get enough of Gerald Morris’s The Squire’s Tales series.
5. If you could travel back to any time period where would it be?
I would love to visit the middle ages, around 1200, but only for a couple of days. Times were too tough back then. If I had to live in the past, I might pick the Colonial period.
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