Alexander Xavier asked C.W. Gortner:
Hello Mr Gortner, first I have to say that I really like your books. Till now I've read your novel about Isabella of Castile and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici; I really like your style so here is my question; Did you ever consider to write about a male monarch, like Ludwig II king of Bavaria? Or Frederick the Great, king of Prussia? I would really love to see that kind of story :D
C.W. Gortner I have considering writing about a male monarch, not those mentioned here (though great ideas). Unfortunately, it's tough to interest a publisher in a biographical novel about a male monarch unless he's really well known (think Henry VIII). Studies show that almost 96% of historical fiction readers are women, excluding historical battle / Roman legion-type fiction, and so it's a challenge to get a publisher excited about a male lead character for a historical novel. Hopefully, this will change soon, and I can write about some of men, too.
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Dianne asked C.W. Gortner:
Hello Mr, Gortner, A recommendation led me to your books. Your description of a Spanish woman is on point. Which book do I read first??? My ancestors immigrated to the mainland from Toledo, Spain. Raised Catholic, I learned my roots are from within the walls of La Juderia. Toledo, is worthy of story to be told, with its rich history.
Elisa Santos asked C.W. Gortner:
I have just finished you book on Isabella of Castille - it was my first and i loved it! There is not much about certain countries histories - there is a lot about England, France, Italy perhaps, but then there are a few countries that seem forgotten, when it comes to writte about their historical figures. From your POV as a historical fiction writter, why do you think that happens?
Krista asked C.W. Gortner: