BRAZEN BLOG TOUR: INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY


Today I have the immense pleasure of being a host on the BRAZEN Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Brazen is Katherine Longshore's final novel in the tudor series and I will be very sorry to see these historically fascinating novels end. It has always been a pleasure to read them and I hope you enjoy my interview with Katherine as you get to know her and Mary Howard a bit more. Then don't forget to enter the contest at the end of the post. Good Luck!

MY INTERVIEW WITH KATHERINE HOWARD



 1)      For those readers that are unfamiliar with Mary Howard, how would you introduce her?
Historically, Mary was the daughter of the Duke of Norfolk, teenaged wife of Henry FitzRoy—Henry VIII’s illegitimate son—and lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn.  My fictional Mary is a girl searching for her place in the world and hoping to find the person who will join her there.  She’s passionate about poetry, her friends, justice and finding love.  And she’s a synesthete—she tastes words—one of my favorite things about her.
2)      BRAZEN is the longest of this series. How much time and research went into writing this novel?
My standard answer is that I spent five years reading about Henry VIII’s court before I started writing about it.  I read out of interest, never imagining I’d write a book—much less three!  I did more specific research on Henry FitzRoy and the Howard family for BRAZEN—mostly while I was writing the first draft.
Though this book was more difficult for me to write than the others, it didn’t really take that much longer.  I think the length of the book itself is an indication of its complexity.  I focus on the story of Mary and her marriage, but throughout that, I’ve woven the entirely separate story arcs of her friends Madge and Margaret, and of the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn as queen. 
3)      In your new book; BRAZEN, what can you tell us about it.
I think the tagline on the front of the book kind of says it all:  Duty.  Loss. Rebellion. 
And love.  It’s the story of a girl trying to find her own identity while others are forcing their perceptions upon her.  And it’s the story of a young couple discovering their love for each other against all odds.
4)      Can you tell my readers what project(s) that you are working on now?
I’m writing a short story for the historical anthology PETTICOATS & PISTOLS, edited by Jessica Spotswood, scheduled for publication in Spring 2016.  And I’m working on two different contemporary novels while researching a historical in my “spare” time.
5)      If you could go back in time and become any of the characters in any of your books, who would you choose and why?
Can I choose none of them?  As much as I love all of these characters, and admire and respect them, I wouldn’t want to become any of them.  I’m very much a woman of the modern age and would not fit in well at all.  Besides, history tells us of their downfalls and heartbreaks and the injustices heaped upon them.  I don’t think I’d like to live in anticipation of that. 
6)      How can fans find you?
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/kalongshore (@KALongshore)
Group Blogs:  http://yamuses.blogspot.com and
And occasionally Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kalongshore/ (I’ll be working on a BRAZEN board soon!)
7)      It is clear that you are fascinated with the Tudor court in which your novels are written. Is there another time period that you have wished to personally experience?
Only if I could come back.  I have no wish to visit an historical era and stay!  (I’m too big a fan of women’s rights, clean drinking water and antibiotics).
I love the 1920s because it was a period of such dynamic change.  Plus the clothes.  But I don’t think I’d want to live on into the 1930s and the Great Depression.  I’d like to see the Haight in the 1960s before the sepia lens of retrospective idealism got to it.  I’m fascinated by colonial Britain, despite all the damage it caused, and would be interested to see India (as a Brit) in the 19th century or Africa post Boer-war.  I think what I’d really like is to study history like one of Connie Willis’s characters—visiting the past to study—except they always get into trouble, don’t they? 
8)      What do you find the most fascinating about the Tudor Court and being a teenage girl during that time?
I think it depends on the girl.  Certainly fashion was a major source of preoccupation for both sexes—what was hot, what was passé, what kind of hood the queen was wearing, what color might match that of your favorite knight in the joust.  And the court was rife with gossip—like Real Housewives and Gossip Girl and Big Brother all rolled into one.  Nothing was safe and nothing was sacred and when nothing interesting was happening, someone would make something up.  But for a character like Mary, it was the people who were fascinating—especially her friends.  And I think that’s true of most teenagers, whatever era they inhabit. 



Title: BRAZEN

Author: Katherine Longshore

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Pub. Date: June 12, 2014

Pages: 528



Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?



About Katherine:

Katherine Longshore grew up on the northern California coast. At university, she created her own major in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications, planning to travel and write. Forever. Four years, six continents and countless pairs of shoes later, she went to England for two weeks, stayed five years and discovered history. She now lives in California with her husband, two children and a sun-worshiping dog.

Where you can find Katherine





Giveaway:

1 winner will receive all 3 books signed International.

2 winners will receive signed copies of Brazen US Only











Tour Schedule:
Week One:
6/2/2014- Literary ExplorationReview
6/2/2014- The Anne Boleyn FilesGuest Post
6/3/2014- Romantic Reads and SuchInterview
6/4/2014- Page TurnersReview
6/5/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsGuest Post
6/6/2014- Parajunkee's ViewInterview

Week Two:
6/9/2014- Gone With The WordsReview
6/10/2014- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderInterview
6/11/2014- Bewitched Bookworms- Guest Post and Review
6/12/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
6/13/2014- Mundie MomsReview
6/13/2014- FiktshunInterview

2 comments:

  1. Oh, a tale of courtly intrigue? Count me in :)
    I haven't read the first two but I'd love to!
    Kaja @ http://ofdragonsandhearts.com

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  2. Hello from Sacramento! Do you hope to live abroad again or have you made the Golden State your permanent home? If in your next book you were required to feature an individual important to the history of California (any period), whom would you choose and why?

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