I'm delighted to have my dear friend and talented author, Mary Anne Yarde in the Tavern today! We're celebrating her new release, The Du Lac Curse: Book 5 of The Du Lac Chronicles. Mary Anne has woven a new thread into the tales of King Arthur, and this series is one I highly recommend!
God against Gods. King against King. Brother against Brother.
Mordred Pendragon had once said that the sons of Lancelot would eventually destroy each other, it seemed he was right all along.
Garren du Lac knew what the burning pyres meant in his brother's kingdom — invasion. But who would dare to challenge King Alden of Cerniw for his throne? Only one man was daring enough, arrogant enough, to attempt such a feat — Budic du Lac, their eldest half-brother.
While Merton du Lac struggles to come to terms with the magnitude of Budic's crime, there is another threat, one that is as ancient as it is powerful. But with the death toll rising and his men deserting who will take up the banner and fight in his name?
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My Chat with Mary Anne Yarde
Welcome, Mary Anne! Congratulations on your new release! With all my interviews, I like to begin with this question: Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night-owl writer?
I always write in the afternoon, usually between one and four. I do have a rather strict routine that involves copious amounts of tea, so the kettle has to be within easy reach! I always listen to music when I write, and what I listen to depends on what I am writing about. It can be anything from James Horner to For King and Country! I am a bit of a perfectionist; I do a lot of rewriting, and I cannot go on with the story until I am happy with the scene I have just written. Once I am satisfied with what I have done, I will continue — one paragraph at a time.
Sounds perfect, Mary Anne! Tea is a wonderful companion near my writing table as well. Can you tell us about your current work-in-progress?
I am currently researching for Book 6 in The Du Lac Chronicles series. I am also in the middle of writing a second edition of The Pitchfork Rebellion, which is an interim novella between Book 1 and Book 2.
I'm delighted to hear there will be another book in the series! What inspired you to write this book/series?
As a child, I adored the legends of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. I grew up near Glastonbury, England, where the story of King Arthur is woven into the very land itself. Many times I have witnessed Glastonbury Tor rise from the Fata Morgana — the mist — and every time I see it, I am enthralled. It is so easy to believe the stories of Arthur when set against such a backdrop.
View of Glastonbury
Glastonbury Abbey at Sunset
After Arthur's tragic death, the story, however, comes to a sudden halt. No more is heard of Arthur's famous knights, and all we are left with is a whispered promise, that when Briton is in peril, Arthur and his Knights will ride again.
I wanted to explore what happened after the death of King Arthur, and that is how I came up with The Du Lac Chronicles series.
The Death of King Arthur by John Garrick
Fascinating, Mary Anne. Thank you for supplying these wonderful pictures. What's your favourite item on your writing desk?
My husband has recently commandeered my desk, so I now have a shelf! My favourite item on my shelf is my laptop, my notebook and my favourite pen!
Ah, excellent to hear. You've been given a golden ticket to time travel into the past. Whom would you meet and why?
That is such a difficult question to answer. I have never had any desire to travel back in time — I don't think I would last five minutes in another era! But if I had to, I would really like to meet my great grandfather. He died before I was born, but the stories that I have heard about him are fabulous. It would have been lovely to have known him.
Thank you for spending time with us today, Mary Anne. Wishing you continued success with The Du Lac Curse: Book 5 of The Du Lac Chronicles!
Meet the Author
Mary Anne Yarde is the multi award-winning author of the International Bestselling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Set a generation after the fall of King Arthur, The Du Lac Chronicles takes you on a journey through Dark Age Britain and Brittany, where you will meet new friends and terrifying foes. Based on legends and historical fact, The Du Lac Chronicles is a series not to be missed.
Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury — the fabled Isle of Avalon — was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.
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