E.M. Powell

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E.M. Powell’s historical thriller and medieval mystery Fifth Knight and Stanton & Barling novels have been #1 Amazon and Bild bestsellers.

The third Stanton & Barling mystery, THE CANTERBURY MURDERS, will be released in November 2020.

Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State), she lives in northwest England with her husband, daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog.

Find out more by visiting her website www.empowell.com or follow her on Twitter @empowellauthor

E.M. Powell is represented by Josh Getzler at HG Literary.
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E.M. Powell Great question, Jasher- thanks! As with so much in historical fiction, research can help a lot. Even as far back as the 12th century, you had chronicl…moreGreat question, Jasher- thanks! As with so much in historical fiction, research can help a lot. Even as far back as the 12th century, you had chroniclers at court who wrote about people they witnessed. By reading their accounts, I found out that Henry II, for instance, had a terrible temper and spurned luxury. Hugh de Lacy, Henry's first Lord of Meath in Ireland is accused by Gerald of Wales as being "greedy for gold and more ambitious for his own advancement and pre-eminence than was proper."

Now, while all this factual background information helps, it's then the job of the novelist to make these people come to life. We interpret as many of the facts we have to create our fictional characters. So I create their own life stories up to the point of when the novel starts. That helps me to shape their motivation and their own internal challenges, as well as those that life is throwing at them. And they will often take on a life of their own- even I get surprised at what they get up to! (less)
E.M. Powell Hi Lucy, thanks so much for your lovely comments on my books! In answer to your question, yes, I have to do a lot of research. That's the case for man…moreHi Lucy, thanks so much for your lovely comments on my books! In answer to your question, yes, I have to do a lot of research. That's the case for many writers but it's especially so in historical fiction. I want to make my fictional world as credible as possible and so have to find out as much as I possibly can about it. I'm very fortunate that there are wonderful historians out there who do the primary research, like looking at documents in the original Latin. They then write a history book about their findings that I can actually understand, which is great. I honestly love research. Yes, it's a lot of work and takes a lot of time. But often, I can be stuck with a plot or not sure about a character. Then I come across a historical fact that gives me a real 'a-ha' moment. So it can inspire me as well as problem solve, which is great!(less)
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The Canterbury Murders (Stanton & Barling #3): Thank You- plus a Sneak Peek!

 When I introduced Hugo Stanton and Aelred Barling to the world back in 2018, I hoped that readers would enjoy my unlikely pair of sleuths' first outings as much as I enjoyed writing them. It would appear that you did, but in numbers I could never have imagined. Over 120,000 copies of The King's Justice and The Monastery Murders have now been sold worldwide. 

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“To her horror, Henry threw his head back and roared with laughter. “Sire, please, we’re in a chapel.” He snorted. “God doesn’t mind if we laugh aloud. He created us in His own image, remember.” “Exactly. Chaste, pure, contained, selfless. All the things I was before I met him.” “Oh, my dear girl. God is so much more than that.” Henry put his powerful hand over hers. “Palmer hasn’t changed you. He’s allowed you to be yourself, allowed you to be like your father, as well as your mother. Yes, you’ve had to do some hard, hard things. But so have I. And sometimes we have to ask God for forgiveness for what we’ve done. The glorious thing is, He grants it. It’s what He died for.”
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“Forget knighthood, kingdoms, battles. The murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, the murder that Henry now did penance for. The murder that he, Sir Benedict Palmer, had been present at. What mattered now was to keep his family safe.”
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