Book: Circle of Time by Debra Shiveley Welchcategories: Book, Tudor, Historical Fantasy, Paranormal, Renaissance, Historical Fiction, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Historical Romance, History, Literary Fiction, Biographical, Time Travel
Debra Shiveley Welchabout this book: Although "Circle of Time" took an unbelievable two months to write (my other books take two-to-four years), it was 48 years in the making.
I've studied Tudor history since I was 16-years-old. I found every book I could, and when I couldn't find a new one, reread the ones I already had. I always told my friends, "I don't feel like I'm being taught; I feel like I'm being reminded." You can imagine my surprise when, upon DNA testing, I discovered that I am a direct descendant of Margaret Tudor, Henry VIII's eldest sister. Reminded indeed!
I had just finished writing "Spirit Woman." The subject matter of the book, taken from the true stories of three women, left me emotionally drained. I needed a vacation, so I decided to visit my kin.
"Circle of Time" is a time travel book in which Bridget "Bridge" Littleton travels back to 1532 and is discovered by her own ancestor, John Lyttleton. He is also my ancestor, and I included this line of my family in the book as well. What fun! Writing about my cousin Henry and grandfather John Lyttleton was just too juicy to pass up.
Some fun facts:
When trying to decide how to get Bridge to Tudor England, I thought of an idea that appealed to me a great deal. Giving a mental nod to a childhood favorite, I took Dorothy's twister, turned it upside down and made it a whirlpool. Bridge doesn't land in Oz per se – but the court of Henry VIII comes close! Think about it….
Another fun fact: I wanted my main character to be called Bridget and nicknamed Bridge. I truly don't know why, but she had to be called Bridge - like the story was telling me what to do. Bridge falls from her father's yacht in the Bermuda Triangle into the whirlpool; she is sucked down into it and lands on the shore of the River Avon in 1532 Bristol, England where she is discovered by her ancestor. I later found out that Bristol used to be called Brigg Stow, which means "The meeting place at the bridge."
Except for my placing a 21st century woman in the court of Henry VIII, "Circle of Time" is absolutely historically accurate, from the genealogical history of the Lyttleton's, to the historical events of the Tudor court, down to the very day of the week certain events happened.
I had so much fun writing "Circle of Time" and I hope you have as much fun reading it.
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