N’awwww come on, it can’t be that time again already, can it?
Yup, sure is! BtB Sunday is here again and thank *@!* for that I say.
So, despite having my right arm in a sling from a particularly nasty hockey injury (ruptured clavicle and shoulder joint) I am still bringing you BtB, if not somewhat left-handed and typo-ridden. (what a trooper eh?)
This week has surpassed itself in the smouldering stacks of shite stakes here in literary land, so I am desperately in need of a reprieve. A whiff of good, clean, fresh air without the stench of crap wafting into my nostrils…
And here it is:
He was one scary mo’fo, or so we thought…
Prue Batten has other ideas.
I asked Prue for a ‘bullshit-free’ quote for this post, something to explain the reasoning behind writing Gisborne, its characters and why she chose the path she did for this story. It seems that she has already explained all of this in previous interviews; so, rather than fill this post with BS, this is what she said:
Given that this segment is called BtB, probably the most ‘lacking in ‘BS’ comments’ I’ve ever made are in the three links below: an in-depth 3 part interview on why I wrote Gisborne the way I did.
The medieval age fascinates me, the seeding ground for the Renaissance, the foundation of so much that would support the world as it developed and grew. To throw a man and a woman into that setting, to have them battling through Europe or the Middle Sea, maybe even the Holy Land as they sought to redress the damage in their personal lives, maybe even to seek revenge or have revenge sought upon them … it just seemed a story that needed to be told. And to shatter the centuries-long image of Guy of Gisborne as Robin Hood’s arch nemesis? Goodness, I love shattering preconceptions and creating new ones.
Cool huh? Even my contributors are getting the hang of this! 😉
Now in true BtB nature, I am gonna ‘fess up right now and tell you that this kind of book isn’t my bag. Or should I say, wasn’t. Obviously, as co-bosswoman of MWiDP, I have to help Mark read all of our submissions (I mean, we wouldn’t want to be publishing any old dross now would we?) so I reluctantly picked this up when it landed in my inbox.
Prue’s voice is truly unique and the way she breathes life into her characters is a thing to behold. Guy of Gisborne not only becomes a real person, with a life, love and labours beyond that of presumed history, but she manages to create a place and time that comes alive like a pop-up story book from the pages, in 3D with Dolby surround sound.
As I say in my introduction to this book, you will find yourself booking a travelling holiday in search of Moncrieff castle, so vivid and curvaceous are her descriptions of it!
So, get it, yeah? What possible reason is there for not getting it? Huh?
I can’t think of one…
Happy (crap free) Sunday.