About the Book
Before there was a King called Richard III, there was a boy, Richard of the House of York, youngest living child of his large, royal-blooded family.
A small, thin, nervous boy who witnesses the terror of the sack of Ludlow and is taken prisoner in its aftermath, along with his mother Cecily and two of his siblings.
A child of eight sent for safety to a strange foreign land when his father is killed in battle and one of his brothers murdered, their heads spiked above the gates of York by the Lancastrian victors.
A young boy raised to knighthood and a Dukedom by his eldest brother, the warrior-king Edward IV, then sent to Middleham Castle to receive knightly training in the household of his kinsman, Richard Neville–the infamous Warwick the Kingmaker. A place and a man that will shape the future course of Richard’s life…
About the Author
J.P. Reedman was born in Canada but has lived in the U.K. for nearly 30 years.
Interests include folklore & anthropology, prehistoric archaeology (neolithic/bronze age Europe; ritual,burial & material culture), as well as The Wars of the Roses and the rest of the medieval era. Books include series on Richard III and Edward IV, Medieval Babes (forgotten medieval women), Robin Hood and more.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
Road from Fotheringhay is set at the time of the Wars of the Roses, and tells of the childhood of young Richard Plantagenet, who will eventually become King Richard III. Told in first person from Richard’s viewpoint, it covers the death of Richard’s father, the Duke of York, and the exile of his two little sons–who will return to England as princes when their elder brother Edward wins the throne with blood and fire.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
It would be of interest to readers of historical fiction, as well as those who enjoy biographical fiction and the Wars of the Roses period.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
Tolkien, Alan Garner, Susan Cooper, Sharon Penman, Rosemary Hawley Jarman
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
Push yourself through even if you feel you are ‘stuck.’ Nothing in your first draft is graven in stone. Just get the words on paper then go back later.