Books are one of Mirella Patzer's obsessions, especially those that pertain to medieval eras and with
Good Morning, Miralla, welcome to my blog.
edbb: I believe my readers would like to get to know you, Miralla, would you like to tell us a little about yourself, and what inspired you to become a writer?
Mirella: The desire to write developed when I came across information on the
I discovered that the
edbb: Novels written in the Medieval Era are generally imbedded in French, English or Scottish history, what possessed you to use the Roman Medieval Era as a background for your novel?
Mirella: The market is full of medieval novels about
edbb: What gave you the incentive to create the plot and characters for
Mirella: I wanted to write a romantic suspense as a break from all the 10th century writing and research I was doing, so I decided to build my story around a castle. A Google Image Search turned up several possibilities. I chose the
edbb: How much research, if any, did you do before writing
Mirella: I’ve been deeply entrenched in researching the 10th century since 2002 and feel very comfortable there. For this reason, I chose to place
edbb: Are any of your characters in Bloodstone Castle, indicative of any people you know in real life, are any of them a combination of some, or are they all a figment of your imagination?
Mirella: All the characters are completely fictionalized and I created them all from scratch. I think this is because in the trilogy I am working on, they are all real life characters.
edbb: Since you appear to be smitten by the Medieval Era if you were given a chance or a choice to be transported back in time where would you like to go and why?
Mirella: Most definitely I would go to the 10th century and meet the characters I’ve been researching, Otto the Great, his wife
edbb: If you were a character in your novel, which one would you like to be? What is it about this particular character that intrigues you so?
Mirella: Although she is a minor, secondary character, I would love to be Smerelda the old wise woman. She is loved, knowledgeable, self-possessed and confident. All the good stuff that comes with maturity. I posted a picture of what I think she looks like on my blog: http://bloodstonecastle.blogspot.com.
edbb: Are you working on a sequel to
Mirella: I am not contemplating a sequel to Bloodstone. Instead, in addition to the trilogy of the 10th century, I’m working on a novel called Orphan of the Olive Tree, which is a short story written by a queen in the 14th century. I’ve expanded the plot and developed the characters. Once my medieval novels are complete, I’d like to write some historical westerns. I live in western
edbb: Thank you for joining us today, Mirella. It was a pleasure having you here and learning a little more about you and your work. Where can people reach you?
Mirella: It was my pleasure to be here and visit your site. I can be reached at the following sites:
Find Out More About Mirella Patzer and Bloodstone Castle
Mirella Patzer's Website - http://www.mirellapatzer.com
Mirella Patzer's Blogs - http://mirellapatzer.blogspot.com, http://bestofitaly.blogspot.com and http://bloodstonecastle.blogspot.com
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Bloodstone-Castle-Mirella-Patzer/dp/0978486528
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