Writing the book took six months, thinking about it took
another six, and research a year. I cannot just write
something and hope it is correct. It niggles until I check
to make sure it's accurate. If you don't you are
short-changing your readers. Everything I write either did
happen or could have happened. Because my first book,
Minion, is part of a series, not only does it have to be
internally consistent, it also has to have continuity with
the other books.
Fortunately, the central character, Thomas Scrope, sprang
fully formed on the page. The name Scrope just popped into
my head. I don't write about him, he writes himself. Then I
did some research and there, on the webpage, was his
history, family, relatives, enemies, everything.
Why Bristol and Elizabeth's visit? Why not? Bristol, a great
city, Elizabeth and the glamour of monarchy, the spectre of
war, the threat to national security caused by religious
discord and economic strife. Another country, always just
out of reach on the currents of time, yet a mirror of the
problems of today.
The sequel, Serpentine features Elizabeth, Robert Dudley,
John Dee and Mary Queen of Scots as the major historical
characters, and solves one of the great mysteries of Mary's
life. It is set in the Midlands, London, and of course