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Anne Easter Smith

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A native of the UK,
Anne Easter Smith is an award-winning historical novelist who has lived in the US for more than 40 years. Her four novels about the York family during the Wars of the Roses are published by Touchstone at Simon & Schuster. She was the Features Editor at the Press-Republican in Plattsburgh, NY for 10 years, and her writing has been featured in a number of national magazines. She lives with her husband, Scott, in coastal New England. Anne welcomes visitors at her website at: www.anneeastersmith.com"

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Anne Easter Smith I am surprised and delighted you like "Grace" the best, Denise! Most people go for "A Rose for the Crown." I worked so hard on KG as I had to get the…moreI am surprised and delighted you like "Grace" the best, Denise! Most people go for "A Rose for the Crown." I worked so hard on KG as I had to get the mystery right as well as the history. I once found myself curled up in a fetal position on the floor with five different source books telling me different things about Perkin. I reached for the phone and called my editor. "Help!" I said feebly, "I'm completely confused." She gave me sound advice: "You are NOT a historian, Anne, you are telling the story as YOU see it. Go with your gut." Things went more smoothly then! As for the next book, I am keeping it under wraps for the moment because, like my medieval characters, I am terribly superstitious! I do not have a contract with a publisher, which makes me nervous so I want to dive into something I feel passionate about so I will be able to sell it. Cross your fingers for me--publishing is a very hard business these days. Thanks for writing! Anne(less)
Anne Easter Smith Thank you for your message, Paola. I am very careful with my research and this little London ditty came from the time of the Black Death around 1348.
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Thank you for your message, Paola. I am very careful with my research and this little London ditty came from the time of the Black Death around 1348.
The bubonic plague had several iterations in England after that, including in the Wars of the Roses period. The worst epidemic in London after the 14th century one was of course in 1665 ("hardly anyone left alive'"). Best, Anne(less)
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Anne Thanks so much for your lovely compliments, RuthAnn, I am truly touched you chose to express your thoughts like this. It is always important for a writer to get feedback from readers (of course nice feedback is better to get than negative!), and I find it inspires me to keep writing. I am glad you found Sharon's book on Richard and Edward--it has been the gold standard for those of us passionate about Richard for about 20 years now! I love this period of history, and my fourth book is coming along and will tell Cecily Neville's story (Richard's mother, not the Cecily in King's Grace). I am going to be interested to see how Philippa Gregory's new book on Elizabeth Woodville will affect those of us who have been writing about the Wars of the Roses -- at first I was p-o'ed that she was poaching in my period "stick to your Tudor guns, Philippa" I cried. But my editor (same as Philippa's in US) told me it would only boost the readership of those of us who have known the period was far more interesting all this time! BTW Anya Seton is my benchmark for a great historical, and "Green Darkness" was where I got fascinated with Ightham Mote back in my 20s and was thrilled to be able to set some of Rose for the Crown there.


RuthAnn I have just finished The King's Grace. As always with Anne's books I am in awe. I just didn't want it to end. The detail of the travels and various scenes in the book made me feel as though I was there with Grace. The happiness and the sorrow I felt with joy and tears. I love Anne's books and will wait anxiously for the next book.


RuthAnn I'm currently reading The King's Grace. WOW, I love it just as I loved A Rose for The Crown and Daughter of York. Your books are the reason I love the Plantagenet era. I am a firm believer that Richard III was not the ogre that Shakespeare has made him out to be in his rendition of Richard. I’m also of the opinion that he had nothing to do with the disappearance of the sons of Edward IV. After reading A Rose for The Crown I read The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman and that heighten my interest in the era even further.

I’m also enjoy books on reincarnation i.e. Green Darkness, science fiction/fantasy about magic and wizards with adult themes. I loved the Study books by Maria Snyder and the Dark Queen series by Susan Caroll. Kathleen McGowen is the author of The Expected One and The Book of Love both of which I simply adore.

I keep my books on Library Thing; I'm a lifetime member there. I don't really keep up much on Goodreads so what is here is not complete.

I am in hopes there is a new book in the works by you!!!!!!












Judith Geary Welcome to goodreads. I'm waaay behind on keeping my shelfs up to date. I hope you're into historical fiction -- mainly ancient -- Rome because that's one of my primary interests.


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