Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Author Quirks: Elizabeth Chadwick

Next up is Elizabeth Chadwick, author of The Greatest Knight. I asked her:

What's a quirky or little-known fact about yourself, your writing, and/or one of your novels? (For example, you can tell us about a non-standard pet you have, an unusual way you do your writing, a strange real life incident that inspired a scene in one of your novels, or so on.)

Elizabeth Chadwick's answer:

Quirky fact about myself: I play darts with my husband for a mixed team of men and ladies. We compete once a week for a traditional English pub not far from Nottingham city centre. It's great fun and a different world to that of being a novelist!

When writing The Greatest Knight, I drew inspiration for the everyday things from being active in a living history society, Regia Anglorumwww.regia.org. For instance there’s a scene in the book where an armorer is adjusting a mail shirt for my hero, who is his customer. I wrote the piece after observing a friend demonstrating to the public how to make a section of mail shirt at a re-enactment event we did at a place called Castle Rising. At that same event, I got the opportunity to wander the castle in my medieval costume and get a feel for going up and down spiral stairs in heel-less medieval shoes! It’s research that you certainly can’t get out of text books!

Thank you, Ms. Chadwick, for sharing this interesting information about your life and your writing.

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