Writing Medieval Court Intrigue as Kathleen Darroch
My first piece of medieval historical fantasy was inspired by the Patient Griselda fairy tale. I loathed that fairy story. I practically breathed flames every time I thought of it. And so one day I just sat down and started to write it the way I thought that it should have been.
That’s how Gathering Rue was born.
Elda’s story covers a very long action period and her life is inextricably interwoven with the lives of 3 other women and 2 men, so when I wrote The End, I knew that it wasn’t really the end because the Royal Bride was already very nearly writing herself… So then Lily’/b> piped up “Doesn’t my life mean anything?” and I just knew that this saga of strong brave caring women needed to be told and that I would never stop writing it…