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Patricia Bracewell

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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. She has completed the first two books of her trilogy about the 11th century queen of England, Emma of Normandy, Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood, available as books, e-books and audiobooks. She is currently at work on Book Three.

Patricia lives with her husband in Oakland, California. Look for her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaBrac... and on Instagram as Patabrace.

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Patricia Bracewell Hi Susan. Apologies for not responding sooner. I didn't see your question until just now. This is not the same time period as Ragnar Lothbrok and King…moreHi Susan. Apologies for not responding sooner. I didn't see your question until just now. This is not the same time period as Ragnar Lothbrok and King Ecbert. (Aethelred II named all his sons after earlier kings, so that's why the names are the same.) The King Ecbert in the Vikings t.v. show ruled as king of Wessex from 802-839. He was the grandfather of King Alfred the Great. My novels don't begin until 1002. As for the Uhtred who we all know and love from Bernard Cornwell's books, he was an ancestor of the Uhtred who appears in my books, and of course he is contemporary with Alfred the Great who ruled from 871-899. So, lots of generations in between Cornwell's Uhtred and mine. I hope this information helps.(less)
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)
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I was curious about this book because I'd read that the story is told backwards, and I wanted to see how, exactly, Waters went about that and if it was successful.

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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.”
Patricia Bracewell, Shadow on the Crown

“He was hounded by the shade of his brother, demanding terribly the price of blood... William of Malmesbury, the History of the English Kings.”
Patricia Bracewell, The Price of Blood

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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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“He was hounded by the shade of his brother, demanding terribly the price of blood... William of Malmesbury, the History of the English Kings.”
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