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Patricia Bracewell grew up in Los Angeles where her love of stories led to college degrees in Literature, a career as a high school English teacher, and a yearning to write. A lifelong fascination with the history of Britain and a chance, on-line reference to an unfamiliar English queen led to years of research, a summer course in Anglo-Saxon history at Cambridge University, and the penning of her debut novel Shadow on the Crown. The book was hailed as a magnificent work of historical fiction by England’s Daily Mail and an enthralling debut by Publishers Weekly.

Patricia lives with her husband in Oakland where she is completing the second book in her trilogy about the extraordinary queen, Emma of Normandy. Look for her on Facebook at http:/...more


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Patricia Bracewell Hi Nicole. I found an agent very quickly, but placing the novel with a publisher took two years, much to our surprise. After over a year of rejections…moreHi Nicole. I found an agent very quickly, but placing the novel with a publisher took two years, much to our surprise. After over a year of rejections that were full of compliments for the book, but concerns that the time period was too tough a sell I made some revisions, following my agent's advice: a new opening, a new title, a greater sense of threat. The basic story did not change at all. Meantime, Game of Thrones appeared on HBO, and suddenly the publishing landscape changed. So many factors go into the acquisition of a book - and many of them have nothing to do with the book itself. My advice? Persistence. There are more and more authors writing about pre-Conquest England: Hollick, Cornwell, James Aitcheson, Justin Hill, Nicola Griffith, V.M. Whitworth. The History Channel's The Vikings series is heading into its third season and Cornwell's Saxon Tales will hit the airwaves in 2015. The vikings and the Anglo-Saxons are making some headway in our culture, and publishers are bound to take notice. Write the best book you can write, and then hope that luck and timing work in your favor. Meantime, work like heck on your next book. Persistence!(less)
Patricia Bracewell It's learning that my words have resonated with readers; and readers have been extremely generous in sharing that with me through e-mails via my…moreIt's learning that my words have resonated with readers; and readers have been extremely generous in sharing that with me through e-mails via my website or in posts on Facebook. Partly it's the satisfaction of a job done well, but there's a much deeper emotional component, too. In my own experience as a reader, some books have moved me so much that I return to them again and again. When someone responds to my own book in that way, I am humbled and astonished and enormously gratified.(less)
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“As Norman bride and English queen she would walk a fine line between the interests of two rulers -- her brother and her lord. Both men would demand her fealty. One, at least, would exact a heavy price if she were to prove disloyal.”
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“His vision blurred to haze, the sounds of feasting stilled, and from every dark corner, shadows streamed toward him until they reached the dais and formed a pulsing darkness before him. From its murky heart, his dead brother's face, eyes glowing and malignant, stared into his.”
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“As Norman bride and English queen she would walk a fine line between the interests of two rulers -- her brother and her lord. Both men would demand her fealty. One, at least, would exact a heavy price if she were to prove disloyal.”
Patricia Bracewell, Shadow on the Crown

“His vision blurred to haze, the sounds of feasting stilled, and from every dark corner, shadows streamed toward him until they reached the dais and formed a pulsing darkness before him. From its murky heart, his dead brother's face, eyes glowing and malignant, stared into his.”
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