Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!
I have a special treat for you today! I have invited Ms Robb (of the Kate Clifford series) to join me in discussing her writerly approach to not only creating this captivating Cosy Historical Mystery series but to dig a bit into the heart of what motivates her as a writer inasmuch as asking her a few curious questions about things I had noticed as I read her novel: The Service of the Dead!
It has been a true pleasure and honour becoming introduced to this Historical author – as some of her writerly instincts match my own – whilst I have a fond respect for anyone who not only can curate a brilliant threading of continuity in serial fiction but who can fully embrace the spontaneity of an organic writing process!
Without further adieu, here is our conversation!
The Kate Clifford Mysteries:
I personally love the cover art design on this series! There is something about it which lends well to the era in which they are set but also the appeal for those of us who crave a heroine out of a wicked good Cosy Historical Mystery!
Robb has created a thinking man’s mystery – you have to peel back the layers (as you would an onion) to sort through how she’s drafted an intellectually intriguing tale. Having learnt her prior series #OwenArcher is interlinked into the #KateCliffordMysteries I must admit, the idea of back-tracing through the prior series to re-enter into the latter is going to be wicked sweet fun! (as foresaid on Twitter; the tweet is below this review) One reason I love reading Mysteries (and Suspense or Thrillers) and watching them is because of the exercise they give your mind! I find them as challenging to undertake as a stellar crossword! The intricacies abound and it is by moving in the directions the writer wishes you to traverse you not only gather the evidence along with the sleuths on the page but you draw closer to understanding how the mind of the writer first conceived their idea which is keeping you up late and musefully happy for the experience of reading their story.
For me, Robb not only entertained me from the stand-point of a new chapter of understanding of the Middle Ages (as she threads the everyday politico very well into the backbone of her series foundation) but she grants you licence to step with a certain bias of interest to see Ms Clifford succeed even if her methods are not entirely on the level of what you’d expect a woman of her status to choose.
(*) quoted from my review of The Service of the Dead
The Service of the Dead | Book One (see also Review)
A Twisted Vengeance | Book Two | Synopsis | *forthcoming review
I also blogged about this series via #TheSundayPost this week!
Converse via: #Cosy + #HistoricalMystery | #HistoricalMystery | #KateCliffordMysteries | #CandaceRobb
How did you initially develop the Kate Clifford Mysteries? What drew you into developing Kate Clifford as the series lead as well?
Robb responds: I wanted to get back into the crime genre after stepping away to write two standalone historical novels, The King’s Mistress(Alice Perrers, mistress to Edward III) and A Triple Knot (Joan of Kent, wife of the Black Prince and mother of King Richard II). What I really wanted to do was reboot my Owen Archer series, but while my agent was exploring that I needed to keep working, keep writing. While writing the two standalones I’d become aware of an opportunity missed in the Owen Archer series—I was never going to reach an interesting and dangerous period in the history of late medieval York, Henry of Lancaster’s return from exile, his unseating of his cousin Richard II, and the ensuing troubles of Henry’s reign. York has an active role in all this.