28 July sees the launch of Robyn Young’s new book Sons of The Blood: New World Rising. This terrific novel, the first of a series, is set in 1483, as Richard of Gloucester seizes the reins of power after the death of his brother Edward IV. It is a rich tapestry of intrigue and adventure and follows the journey of Jack Wynter, illegitimate son of king’s man Sir Thomas Vaughan who has been sent to Seville with a locked chest he must guard with his life.
Having learned that his father has been arrested and executed for treason, Jack returns to England. Penniless and alone he finds himself hunted through a troubled and turbulent land, seeking help and alliances as he tries to understand the significance of his deadly inheritance and discover where it is going to lead him.
Imogen Robertson met Robyn to discuss the inspiration for the novel, its characters and Robyn’s experience of writing it in Brighton. Listen to their discussion, with the occasional guest-starring seagull below.
Inspiration and Characters
Robyn discusses the appeal of the period and the creation of her protagonist Jack, her thoughts on the reputation of Richard III and her favourite characters in the novel.
Writing a Series
Robyn discusses writing a series after two very successful trilogies, the challenges and pleasures of the process and how it has changed her as a writer. She also discusses where the series will go next.
‘Renaissance Florence seems a bit like Woodstock’
Imogen and Robyn discuss researching a historical novel. Organising your work, getting it right, the importance of visiting key locations, battle strategy and firing black powder weapons. Including an appearance by a pigeon Imogen and Robyn hope is the angel of inspiration.
‘The Black Death levelled a playing field across Europe.’
Robyn shares the details of her writing day and working at home with her partner Lee. What is the best time to write and what do you do when it’s not going well?
‘The deadline is a good whip.’
Author Photo © Sarah Bird