Saturday, December 24, 2011

Interview with Historical Fiction Author Laura Vosika

Today Laura Vosika, Author of Blue Bells of Scotland, is dropping by to chat about her historical fiction. 
Laura, would you tell us when you started writing? What was it you first wrote?
I started writing when I was eight.  I used to write story books that went on the book shelf in my 3rd grade classroom.  I also started a novel at age 10, but found out O. Henry had already written a similar story (The Ransom of Red Chief) and stopped. 
What period do you write about and why?
Currently, I write in the years 1314 to 1318 in Scotland.  Ironically, it was a piece of trombone music and a children's novel that led me there.  I was drawn to the streaming banners and noble deeds in the lyrics of the piece well-known to trombonists, Blue Bells of Scotland, and I loved In the Keep of Time, a story about four siblings who go into a Scottish keep and come out in a different century.  Coincidentally, both involved Scotland.  I started researching what time period a modern man might arrive in, in which he might take part in noble deeds.  It's not hard to find battles and wars and opportunity for noble deeds, but I settled on the Battle of Bannockburn, in June of 1314. 
What is your theory or belief on how historically accurate you need to be? How does that affect your story? For alternative history writers: how did you decide to change history? How do you reconcile it with “real” history?
I think there are readers and writers for every level of accuracy.  I personally prefer the highest possible level I can achieve.  Of course, with researching events seven hundred years ago, with so many sources lost and destroyed in that time, and with conflicting sources, it's not possible to be 100% accurate.  But striving for that accuracy means I sometimes edit things as I find new information; it means it takes me longer to write a book than it otherwise would.  I hope my research impacts my writing by making it believable and very real, by bringing the people (I can hardly stand to dismiss them as characters!) to life. 
In a twist on alternate history, Blue Bells of Scotland actually begins with alternate history--a world where the Scots lost at Bannockburn.  However, Niall, the medieval warrior, makes it his job to get back to save his people, and with his efforts, the world is set back on track to the history we know--a miraculous, astounding victory over a much greater and better-equipped force. 
Tell me about your main character, real or fictional and why?
My main characters are Niall Campbell, devout medieval warrior, and Shawn Kleiner, arrogant, self-centered, womanizing modern musician.  They are fictional, two men with identical looks but very different personalities.  They're fictional for several reasons, but primarily because they are the people who sprang to my mind, who were just 'there,' so to speak.  Another time, I may write about someone like James Douglas, or other historical figures, because their lives are fascinating, great stories, and well worth writing and reading about.
What is the most surprising thing in the period you write about? Do you run into common misperceptions? How do you deal with them in your fiction?
I've been so deep in medieval Scotland for so long, that I can hardly think what surprised me when I first learned it!  One of the things that has intrigued me, though, is how human nature can be so much the same throughout the centuries, and yet so very different.
As I research, I do run into arguments about the way things really were: Did they really love their children the way we do today?  Did they bathe once a year or more routinely?  Were their teeth all bad?  I doubt we can ever know for sure, and probably the truth is somewhere in between the two extremes.  In The Minstrel Boy (book 2 of the trilogy), I do show the white teeth of people smiling and laughing at a party, and the comment is made, "We were always told you all have bad teeth in this time."  This is not to say their smiles were all perfect, only that I doubt they were all terrible, either. 
I do get frustrated with the notion that women were powerless in medieval times.  It was a very different world.  Many of them may not have been what we, today, think of as independent and powerful, but they also were not weak and helpless.  There were women like Isabel MacDuff, who defied her husband and the king of England to crown Bruce King of Scots, as was her family's hereditary right.  There was the remarkable Christina MacRuari, and Robert Bruce's sister, Christina, who, in her 60's, commanded Kildrummy Castle against the English.  There were great abbesses, queens, poets, writers, musicians, and more, women who influenced popes and kings. 
But given the world they lived in, I think even the ordinary women, whose names are not remembered by history, were remarkable, strong, independent, and resilient.  Were there downtrodden women?  Of course.  But there were also downtrodden men, and there are downtrodden women today, too.  It's an unfortunate aspect of living in our fallen world.  The lesson, to me, is that there are remarkable people in every day and age, and our circumstances do not prevent us from living remarkable lives. 
Who would you most like to meet from one of your novels? Tell us about them.
Real or fictional?  I'd love to spend a day with Shawn, because despite all his failings, he loves life, is a musical genius, and makes people laugh.  Among the historical populace of the Blue Bells Trilogy, I'd love to meet James Douglas, Angus Og, or Robert Bruce, or of course any of the women I mentioned in the last question.  They were courageous, strong, and driven.  They stood up for what they believed in.  James Douglas was Bruce's right-hand man.  By all accounts, he was a rather peaceful and gentle man until he reached the battlefield, where he became a demon, routinely fighting and winning over forces much larger than  his own.  Angus Og was the Lord of the Isles, another of Bruce's most loyal supporters, yet who insisted on his  own independence.  He appears to be a man who commanded Bruce's respect, which says a lot about him.  Robert Bruce was the King of Scots who stood against the might of England and won the incredible Battle of Bannockburn over the far superior forces of Edward II.
What is your next project?
I'm currently in the final stages of editing The Minstrel Boy, along with editing Book 3 of the Blue Bells Trilogy.  After that, I'll finish editing a novel about an American widow with a houseful of boys who purchases a Scottish castle, only to discover it is already occupied: by a ghostly lady in green who insists she deal with the castle's dark secrets.  I have a completed manuscript from years ago that I am re-entering into the computer.  (This one is set in Boston in the '90's, so a big detour from medieval Scotland.)  I also have a book in progress about large families which I very much look forward to having time to work on.  When I finish all of that, I have several other novels started, and would also like to put out book of short stories from medieval Scottish history. 

Laura, thank you. You will find Laura's novels Blue Bells of Scotland on Amazon and you can learn more about her at visit her website.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Interview with Historical Fiction Author Kathy Cecala

Kathy would you mind introducing yourself?
I’m Kathy Cecala and I write historical novels for teens and young adults. I‘ve published two books in a loose-knit series called The Foreigners Isle Saga, which spans some 1500 years on a small remote isle in western Ireland. The Raven Girl takes place during the Age of Exploration and Discovery, specifically in the year 1488; while The Hounds of Nemhain is set in 4th century pagan-Celtic Eire.
When did you start writing?
In eighth grade, I began keeping a diary. Not one of those precious little pink things with a lock and key, but a spiral-bound lined notebook, which I scribbled in obsessively. Sadly, it no longer exists, because I kept destroying it whenever anyone threatened to read it. I wrote about school, friends, family and yes, cute boys. I also described and reviewed all the books I was reading at the time, as I was also an obsessive reader. My favorite genre then and now: Historical fiction!
What period do you write about?
In my current series, The Foreigners Isle Saga, I’m not restricting myself to any particular era, only setting. Each book takes place on the mythical Irish west-coast island of Inis Ghall, but each book has its own era. It makes for a lot of research, but I was fascinated by the idea of how time and the influx of various peoples can affect a small corner of the earth. And of course there’s the whole idea that people don’t really change much through the centuries…but actually, they do.
How importance is historical accuracy?
It’s very important to me personally, although I will forgive another writer for lapses in accuracy if her/his storyline is strong and engaging, and the characters are beautifully drawn. Story really is the thing, after all, or else you might as well write straight academic history. But since I’m writing for students, younger readers in the 12-18 years group, I try to make sure my fiction is as accurate and ‘real’ as possible, so that it can dovetail with the history they’re learning in school. The biggest dilemma I face is that most Irish history is extraordinarily violent. It has to be acknowledged, but I try not to glorify the violence, but focus on the people and their lives instead, how they’re affected and even traumatized by this violence. Relationships are really more my thing, and each of my books also has at least a hint of a romance in them.
Is your main character real or fictional?
I have different main characters for each book…all are fictional, though they are sometimes inspired by real personages; for example, much of my current book, The Hounds of Nemhain, is inspired by the real Saint Patrick’s journey from Roman-British slave to Irish bishop, As for which character I might like to meet, all of them, I suppose. I’d also like to meet Saint Patrick!
What is the most surprising thing about the periods you write about--common misconceptions?
I’m always amazed at how much people traveled and got around in times past. Sometimes we have this notion that people just stayed in one spot back in the olden days. But people are restless, and have been moving about, sometimes great distances, for centuries. One of the reasons I embarked on this series, and chose Ireland as the setting, is that we often have this idea that Ireland has a very singular, exclusive, homogenous culture, freckles and red hair and shamrocks, but it is actually quite complex, composed of several different cultures from elsewhere in Europe, plus shreds of DNA from the most unlikely places. But it is not difficult to understand, when you consider the number of invaders, visitors, refugees and strangers who have landed on Eire’s shores over the years.
Why does historical fiction matter?
Historical fiction may be fun and diverting for adults, but I feel it is crucial for children and young students, in helping them understand how history unfolds and relates to their lives today. I think too often we think of history as a set of dusty facts and dates in a book, but it really is the massive story of humankind--basically, it’s what people have been doing for years and years and years, as well as what people have been feeling, thinking and experiencing. And I do believe that history holds lessons for all of us. Okay, off my soapbox now. My regards go out to all my fellow historical fiction writers, in what must be one of the most difficult, challenging--and most rewarding--genre of all to write in!
Kathy, thank you so much.
You will find The Raven Girl and The Hounds of Nemhaim on Amazon. Or visit Kathy at her website

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Interview with Historical Fiction Author William Peter Grasso

I want to welcome William Peter Grasso, author of East Wind Returns and Unpunished, to talk about his historical novels and his writing career.

William, when did you start writing? What was it you first wrote?

Despite having been a prolific writer of industry-related articles throughout my aviation career, my few attempts at fiction over the years fell apart after the first few chapters. In 2005, however, I began a story that refused to die. It became my first novel, East Wind Returns.

What period do you write about and why?

For kids like me who grew up in the 1950s, World War II dominated our childhood mythology. Most of our fathers—and a few of our mothers—had served in that war, and its shadow seemed ever-present in our lives. That shadow seems to have never left me. WWII remains the period of history that fascinates me most.

What is the most surprising thing in the period you write about? Do you run into common misperceptions? How do you deal with them in your fiction?

The most surprising thing about the WWII era—and contrary to the rosy perceptions offered by some writing on the subject—was despite the unprecedented communal effort required to wage global war, divisive social issues were not put on hold for the duration in any of the combatant nations. Labor conflicts, racial strife, political corruption and economic injustice continued unabated and were distorted or simply ignored by the governments and media for the good of the war effort.

Another misperception I encounter when talking of military campaigns is the idea of “juggernauts.” For example, WWII is often seen as just a series of juggernaut-like military actions: the Japanese and Germans were seen as unstoppable in the early years of the war, but saw their fortunes reversed by an Allied juggernaut in the later years. A true juggernaut is only possible when facing a defenseless or sorely unprepared opponent; the military campaigns of that era were actually very close-run contests whose outcomes were usually in doubt until their very closing moments and could hinge on quirks of weather, personality, or sheer luck. Examples of this abound in East Wind Returns, where the American forces are still unsure of final victory despite having marched to Japan’s doorstep. In my recently released second novel, Unpunished, Joe Gelardi, an American airman interned in Sweden in September 1944, tells Pola Nilsson-MacLeish, a Swedish government official and his soon-to-be lover, that the war will be over by Christmas. Pola replies Really? And who will be the victor?

Who would you most like to meet from one of your novels? Tell us about them.

Returning to the previous question, the answer to this question would be Pola Nilsson-MacLeish. She is a Swedish economist, educated in England and married to a Scottish army officer (who she has not seen in three years), who finds herself in charge of interned airmen—Allied and German—in the Swedish city of Malmö. Despite her bookish appearance, she is something of a libertine and engages in a torrid love affair with American airman Joe Gelardi. This affair will initially devastate their lives, but years later, through her considerable courage, it brings them a redemption that alters an American presidential election.

Pola is an original; she is the first of my characters who is solely a construction of my imagination. All the others are based on people I have known personally or public figures (in some cases, the actual public figure, like Truman, Marshall, Nimitz, etc.).

What is your next project?

With Unpunished finally published, I’ve begun work on a new alternate history novel set in northern Australia in the bleak days of 1942. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has proved much more devastating to US military power in the Pacific than occurred in actuality, giving Japan uncontested domination of the southwest Pacific and Asia. The US can do little more than help defend Australia against inevitable Japanese invasion as it rebuilds its naval resources. The story unfolds through the eyes of a young US Army officer—a veteran of Pearl Harbor—who is tasked with a dangerous reconnaissance mission on the wild Cape York peninsula of Australia. He finds himself dealing not only with the elusive Japanese but an indifferent high command, a hostile natural environment, enigmatic Aborigines, and a headstrong white woman who has refused to evacuate. I hope to have it completed by the spring of 2012.

William, thanks for talking with me. I share your fascination with WWII and many of my favorite novels are set during that period.

You will find East Wind Returns and Unpunished on Amazon for only 99 Cents!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Interview with Historical Romance Author Grace Elliot

For something of a change in pace, today I have an interview with Historical Romance author Grace Elliott author of A Dead Man's Debt and Eulogy's Secret

Grace, lease tell our readers a little about yourself?

My name is Grace Elliot and I lead a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. I work in companion animal practise just outside London, in a village with a duckpond in front of the Norman church - history is all around me!
I also act as housekeeping staff to five cats, two teenage sons and a guinea pig (not necessarily in order of significance!) I’m an avid reader and will give any genre a go, but my favourite is historical romance. My debut novel, “A Dead Man’s Debt” was published last year, and the first in The Huntley Trilogy, “Eulogy’s Secret” was released this October!
When did you start writing? What was it you first wrote?
I started writing after a “Eureka” moment.
That moment came when at pa school reunion. Friends I hadn’t seen for twenty years were eager to know if I still wrote. My puzzled expression betrayed the fact that I’d completely forgotten how the stories I wrote for English homework, were often read to a hushed class. At that reunion, it all came flooding back - the satisfaction of crafting a story, of writing until your fingers ached, of losing yourself in the characters…so I went home and after a twenty year gap, started writing again.
My first full length novel (unpublished ) is called “The Woman Who Paints Horses” and was inspired by a nearby cottage where a famous Victorian artist used to live. I looked into her life story and was hooked in the way that you are when the truth is stranger than fiction. I have a special place in my heart for that story, and who knows, one day I may re-write it and see what happens.
What period do you write about and why?
“A Dead Man’s Debt” and my latest book, “Eulogy’s Secret” are both set in the Regency period. I gravitated to this era because of its natural romance, a time when women’s fashion favoured flimsy empire line gowns and men cared about the cut of their jacket. It was a time when men were such dangerous creatures that for a lady to be alone in a room with one could ruin her reputation. And then there’s the horses and carriages, moonlight drives and candlelit balls…and that’s part of why I write, for the escapism, so what more fertile ground for the imagination of the romance author than the regency.
What is your theory or belief on how historically accurate you need to be? How does that affect your story? For alternative history writers: how did you decide to change history? How do you reconcile it with “real” history?
Historical accuracy is tantamount, and yet for me as a romance writer, it shouldn’t be so ‘in your face’ as to trip the reader up. Take the example of dialogue. If I were to write authentic contemporary speech appropriate for the Georgina period, it would be almost impenetrable for today’s reader. So a compromise is in order. It would be a huge mistake to use words or phrases that are blatantly out of keeping with the era, but to update the way English was spoken then to help the flow of dialogue, is in my view, acceptable.
Having said that, the importance of historical accuracy can invoke a lot of strong feelings as I recently found out. Whilst watching an episode of “The Tudors” I spotted Anne Boleyn riding astride and queried in a blog post of mine, whether this would have been acceptable in Tudor times. The deluge of responses to that post proved to me that accuracy is something people get very heated about and woe betide anyone that laughs in the face of accuracy. (For those that are interested here is the link to that post: )
Tell me about your main character, real or fictional and why?
The heroine in my recent release, “Eulogy’s Secret” is Eulogy Foster. Her character, and indeed the novel itself, arose out of seeing a poster on the London Underground! Whilst taking my son’s to the theatre, through the scratched glass of a Jubilee line train, I saw a poster with the word “Eulogy” in capital letters across it. This stuck in my mind and it occurred to me what an enigmatic name “Eulogy” would make. Something truly terrible must have happened for a parent to name their child that - perhaps the mother dying in childbirth, or even something darker and more sinister…And so the idea behind Eulogy’s Secret was born. (That poster, by the way, was advertising a memorial concert at the Royal Albert Hall.)
Who would you most like to meet from one of your novels? Tell us about them.
What a good question! I’d love to meet Tristan Farrell from “Eulogy’s Secret”. Farrell is the Irish artist who with Eulogy as his model is inspired to paint truly great works of art that set the Ton buzzing. He’s quite a character and has an artist’s way of seeing the truth behind the façade. He’d be excellent company and since Eulogy has already bagged the hero, Jack Huntley, I’d happily spend time in the company of the Irish charmer, Tristan Farrell.
What is your next project?
I’m hard at work at book two in The Huntley Trilogy (working title “Hope’s Betrayal”.) Each book features one of the three Huntley brothers and the hero in Hope’s Betrayal is the dashing naval Captain, George Huntley. I know when the writing is going well when I dream about the characters - and even if I say so myself, Captain George Huntley is a humdinger of a man, whom I’m totally in love with. I can’t wait to finish the book so that I can unleash him on the world and spread the infatuation. Hope’s Betrayal is going to be an action packed historical romance with smuggling skulduggery, treachery and of course….a love that brings Huntley to his knees.
Grace, thank you so much for dropping by and answering our questions.
You can buy Eulogy's Secret (and meet Tristan Farrell) at Amazon US, Amazon UK, or Smashwords

Monday, December 5, 2011

Interview with Historical Fiction Author Kelby Ouchley

Today I have an interview with Kelby Ouchley, author of the historical novel Iron Branch. Thanks for dropping by my blog to answer some question, Kelby.

First, when did you start writing? What was it you first wrote?
Looking back, it may have started when I won a creative writing contest in the 7th grade. It was a sci-fi short story.  I have always enjoyed creative writing, although I did not have many opportunities in that arena while working for the federal government for 30 years. Since 1995 I have been writing and narrating a weekly natural history program for the public radio station that serves the Ark-La-Miss area. Some of these essays were published in literary journals and other outlets. In October 2011, LSU Press released them in book form as Bayou-Diversity: Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country. LSU Press also published my first non-fiction book, Flora and Fauna of the Civil War: An Environmental Reference Guide, in 2010.  The main topic of this interview, my historical novel Iron Branch: A Civil War Tale of a Woman In-Between, came out a couple of months ago.

What period do you write about and why?
I like to write about the American Civil War era.  It was such an epic turning point in our country’s history and virtually everyone was caught up in it to some degree, from drafted soldiers to destitute housewives.  Significantly (at least for those of us writing about the era) and because of an increasing rate of literacy in the country, large numbers of people from all walks of life wrote about their lives during the Civil War.  The countless letters, diaries, and journals of the times provide a treasure trove of material that can be mined by authors of historical fiction.

What is your theory or belief on how historically accurate you need to be? How does that affect your story? For alternative history writers: how did you decide to change history? How do you reconcile it with “real” history?
Major historical events provide the general background of my story.  My story line tends to flow in and around those events that made headlines at the time.  There is one aspect of my writing that I insist be as accurate as possible.  My education and vocation for many years involved ecology and natural history.  It is very important to me to get them right.  I would like to think that my settings and story lines are rich and textured with detailed environmental nuances that involve flora, fauna, and phenology of the ecosystems at hand.  Nothing distracts me more than a story with implausible natural settings.    

Tell me about your main character, real or fictional and why?
The main character of Iron Branch is fictional. She is a young woman of mixed blood (half Choctaw, half white).  The story is told in the first person.  I wanted to portray the cultural conflicts of the Civil War from the perspective of those not often elevated to lead roles.  She tells the story of her life and that of a young soldier in north Louisiana during the war.  They become involved with a cast of characters the likes of which are also usually relegated to minor parts in most Civil War fiction. 

What is the most surprising thing in the period you write about? Do you run into common misperceptions? How do you deal with them in your fiction?
The Civil War was much larger than marching soldiers, scheming generals, and dreadful battles.  Most drama occurred far from the battlefield in the lives of millions who were not in the front lines of glorious charges into the mouths of cannon.  Misperceptions about the Civil War abound.  For example, many southerners abhorred slavery and many northerners detested African Americans whether free or slave.  I try to overcome these misperceptions in my fiction by portraying the situations accurately as I understand them.   

Who would you most like to meet from one of your novels? Tell us about them.
I would like to meet Atlas from Iron Branch and spend some time on the front porch of his cabin that sits tight to the bayou bank.  He is a wise, old slave who has experienced unimaginable atrocities throughout his life.  His experiences have gelled into a personal philosophy that includes compassion beyond reason.  I still have a lot to learn from him.  

What is your next project?
I have been approached by a university press about writing a trade book on alligators.  If I decide to tackle it, the research should yield an abundance of fodder for my next historical novel!

I love that this takes a very different look at the period than the usual Civil War novel. You'll find Iron Branch: A Civil War Tale of a Woman In-Between at Amazon for only $2.99 for Kindle and it is also available in paperback.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Interview with Historical Fiction Author Sarah Woodbury

I would like to introduce you to historical fiction writer Sarah Woodbury, the author of several fascinating novel with medieval settings, my favorite setting for novels. Thanks for dropping in, Sarah.

First, I'd like to ask when did you start writing? What was it you first wrote? 

Reading and writing are a part of my earliest memories of something that I liked to do. What I wrote most when I was younger was poetry (I’m sure very bad). Then, when I was about twelve, I began to focus more on schoolwork and almost forgot that I loved to write fiction and that I even had a creative side. Having children (and homeschooling them) encouraged my creativity again in my late twenties and thirties. A little over five years ago, at the age of thirty seven, I took the plunge and started my first novel. It was a straight-forward fantasy which will never see the light of day, though I’ve raided it since for characters and scenes.
I know you write medieval fiction. Would you explain why?
My books are all set in dark age and medieval Wales. It’s a crazy time period, in a way, because we know so little about that era. This gives more scope for fiction, which is an aspect I particularly enjoy. I fell in love with Wales when I lived in the UK during my college years. Plus, my family is historically Welsh, and I found learning about my own history fascinating.
What is your theory or belief on how historically accurate you need to be? How does that affect your story? For alternative history writers: how did you decide to change history? How do you reconcile it with “real” history?
I write historical fantasy, alternative history, and medieval mysteries, so I cover the whole gamut of types of novels where history needs to be more or less real. With my After Cilmeri series, which is time travel/alternative history, I very rigorously adhere to the culture of the day and the historical events that I don’t change. At the same time, my books take off on a trajectory that never happened, which eases some of these concerns.
For my historical fantasy books, I apply the same standard, in that the events are as historically accurate as I can make them, except when I add the fantastical element (in The Last Pendragon Saga, this would be the interplay between the Celtic gods and our world, and in Cold My Heart, it’s the use of the sight and that the book is about King Arthur, who may not have existed at all).
For The Good Knight, the first of my Gareth and Gwen medieval mysteries, the events related in the book really happened. I include no ‘fantasy’ elements, except for the existence of Gareth and Gwen, my two detectives. That and the specifics of the crimes they solve are the fiction part in my historical fiction.
What is the most surprising thing in the period you write about?

One of the continually surprising things to me about medieval Wales is how little we know about it. We don’t know birthdays. We don’t know the names of mothers. We don’t know the exact location of Garth Celyn (Aber), the seat in North Wales of the Welsh princes. Ignorance about the history of Wales is so rampant that there’s a story that one of the twentieth century owners of what might be Garth Celyn found ancient documents stuffed into a wall and burned them because they were in Latin and she couldn’t read them!
Do you run into common misperceptions? How do you deal with them in your fiction?
I think there is very few common understandings about Wales in the United States, because so few people know anything about it. At the same time, the country has been sidelined and the people ridiculed by the ruling power (England) for 700 years. I spoke with one Welsh person, living in the United States, who talks about his grandmother being ‘put out in the yard’ as a schoolgirl for speaking Welsh. The prejudice and misunderstandings between the English and Welsh are too numerous to mention.
Who would you most like to meet from one of your novels? Tell us about them.
I want to meet Prince Hywel. He is the second bastard son of Owain Gwynedd, a king of North Wales in the 12th century. He’s not the main character in The Good Knight, but he plays a central role. He’s smart and resourceful and always strives to stay one step ahead of everyone else.
What is your next project?

I am writing the second in the Gareth and Gwen medieval mystery series. The first draft is almost complete and I’m very excited about the book. I can’t wait to share it … I estimate it should come out in mid-2012.

Sarah, thanks again for telling us about your fascinating work. 

You can find The Good Knight on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  You will also want to check out her other novels such as The Last Pendragon and Footsteps in Time.