Monday, July 22, 2013

IGW Spotlight: Bestselling Medieval Historical Author Denise Doming

 Spotlighted by Connie Flynn

Denise Domning is the award-winning, best-selling author of eleven historical novels and the co-author with Monica Sarli of one gritty, hard-bitten memoir of addiction and recovery.  Of the two genres she frankly prefers the rats, grime and fleas of the Twelfth Century over the ghettos and drug use of modern Kansas City.  For Denise, writing means using words as her time machine and painting an accurate portrait of a past.  Open any of her novels, whether Twelfth, Thirteenth, Sixteenth or Nineteenth Century, and step into a bygone era.  As one reviewer put it “ live the life and the language, smell the odors of unwashed humanity, and hear the sucking sounds as your flimsy shoes slog through mud and muck.”  Now doesn't that sound romantic?

Denise and her husband Ed live on a farm in Cornville (yes, Cornville), Arizona, where they plant veggies, milk cows and have an Easter egg hunt every day.

So, Denise, what one question has no one asked you about your writing that you wish they would?
Answer: Why have you written eleven books set in England? Why not France or Ancient Crete?

It’s because they speak a version of English in England. I can read the placards in museums and that makes it easier to do research. Okay, that’s not exactly true. What is true is that it’s easier to sell books set in the British Isles unless you’re writing fantasy when elsewhere is everywhere.

Although I admit I did fall in love with England after my first visit. I’ve since had the opportunity to navigate the roundabouts (whoops, missed the turn off, going around again for another try) from Cornwall to Scotland, Northumberland to Essex. I once accidentally drove through the bus station in Canterbury of all places! I enjoy their “M” ways, their freeways, because the Fast Lane is just that, fast. I’ve been during all four seasons, visited ancient sites like Avebury, Hadrian’s Wall and Offa’s Dyke, and much younger places–if places a little less than a thousand years old can be considered younger–like Westminster Abbey, or Castle Rising, which was the model for my Graistan Castle. I’ve even visited the real Downton Abbey.

All of this helps when I need to set a scene. I can close my eyes and hear the gurgling stream at the base of White Castle and how the Yellow Pipe nodded and shifted in the water, or see the hunting hawk hovering arm’s reach above me as a roaring, damp wind tore at both of us before sweeping across the stark, heather-covered hills on the Scottish border.

Below you can see a collection of my books that resulted from this very memorable trips.

To Buy From Amazon
The Warrior's Wife.

Two warring families, one widow who has forgotten her family's hatred, one powerful knight determined to reclaim his family's castle and a wife to rule it beside him. No one will stop him not her father, his king or the lady herself. 

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1 comment:

  1. Good morning, Denise,
    Thank you for stopping by Imagination Gone Wild and sharing your views with us. The Warrior's Wife sounds like a terrific book, one that I want to read. The cover is gorgeous.


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