It’s time for our Tuesday Tradition and I am very honored to present this week’s guest, the wonderfully talented Marci Jefferson. I had the pleasure of meeting Marci during my early days in The Next Chapters critique group, and was immediately enthralled by her writing and acute attention to detail.
Please join me in welcoming Marci to Indiana Wonderer!
- Name (or pen name): Marci Jefferson
- Place you call home: the Mid West
- Genre(s) you write: Historical Fiction
- Most recent release title: GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN, A NOVEL OF FRANCES STUART (Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press, to be released February 11, 2014)
No kings are more alluring than the decadent Louis the Fourteenth or the passionate Charles the Second, and no reign more controversial than James the Second’s. They led the glittering seventeenth century courts of France and England, and each declared their love for Frances Stuart. She rejected each one and graced England’s coins for generations as the model for Britannia.
- Of your most recent storyline, pick one character that you struggle to love, but know they have a redeeming quality buried in there somewhere. Tell us who they are and give us an example of why:
Charles the Second is one of Britain’s most notorious kings. He fathered over a dozen illegitimate children and led a debauched royal court. Anyone might struggle to love a king with a reputation like that. Many credit this man known as the “Merry Monarch” with restoring traditional Christmas celebrations and allowing actresses to finally take the stage, but he is given little credit for his political achievements. After loosing England’s religious and political Civil Wars, he was forced into exile for eleven difficult years. When Restored to the throne, he demonstrated a level of religious tolerance unheard of in the seventeenth century. He held his country together during the Great Plague of 1665, the Great Fire of 1666, and fought for England’s maritime trading power during the Anglo-Dutch wars. He kept his cool and prevented fresh wars during religious and political disasters such as the Popish Plot and the Exclusion Crisis. King Charles II is at the center of standard royal scandal in my novel, which takes place primarily in his court. But there are also tense political events that I hope will draw readers in.
- Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
- If you had a quiet day to yourself at home–no work, no deadlines, kids were at your in-laws–how would you spend the day?: Writing
- Name a book you read this past year that you really enjoyed:
As a critique partner, I had the advantage of reading an early copy of CLAWS OF THE CAT, A SHINOBI MYSTERY by Susan Spann. A tight and tense debut novel releasing this summer, it’s destined to be a bestseller.
- Give us one of your favorite motivational/inspirational quotes:
“As with all other aspects of the narrative art, you will improve with practice, but practice will never make you perfect.” Stephen King from On Writing
Thank you for visiting with us today, Marci. Can’t wait for your novel to come out next spring – it’s definitely on my TBR list!
If you’d like to learn more about Marci Jefferson and her upcoming novel, you can find her at her website, or on Twitter @marcijefferson. Feel free to leave Marci a ‘hello’ before you go!