This week I’d like to introduce Harold Boardman, author of A Pawn of Destiny, Set in the days of the Roman Empire, the story follows Darquin, whose father had been trained by Sparticus and joined the legendary rebellion led by him. Darquin is banished from his home and his resultant journey leads him through adventure, battle and love.
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
In addition to daily diary entries I am a compulsive writer of lists. Not only do I write a shopping list but it is usually in the order of the shops to visit. This means no window shopping along high streets and a guarantee no impulsive purchasing.
How did you choose a title for your book?
History records both the wisdom and folly of the great headline makers. Dismissed, with little or no regard, are the ordinary lives of all with whom they came into contact. The story revolves around a group who become pawns in the destiny of several of those whose exploits become recorded for posterity.
Are the names of your characters important to you?
Set in the era of the Roman Empire and spanning various ethnic groups, I considered names were of importance. I hope my research has been accurate enough not to include errors. I am a keen genealogist and in a yet uncompleted novel, I have used various family names as my main characters!
What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
This was ensuring that the timeline was plausible and the factual content accurate. Weaving the story around these two principles will I hope, give the reader an enjoyable journey through ancient history.
What is the book that you wished you had written?
My favourite author is Howard Spring who bases several of his novels in my home city of Manchester. I would like to have written, “Shabby Tiger” and its sequel, “Rachel Rosing.” Both set a generation before I was born, they lived and played in a city that was still recognisable as I grew up.
What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?
My wife had a troubled first pregnancy and as a result our eldest son was born in hospital. My being present, at home, for the birth of my younger son and later their sister were both experiences I would not have missed. I like to think that my presence helped the births be a little less arduous. I know the regular cups of tea and biscuits were appreciated by both mother and midwife.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Harold and his BOOK?
Harold’s book has yet to be published, in the meantime you can meet him online on http://publishingpush.com/blog/coming-soon-a-pawn-of-destiny-harold-boardman/
WHY ‘THE THURSDAY THRONG’?
These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.