Friday Fiction: Warwick by @tonyriches

WarwickDescribe your book in one sentence for our readers:

Warwick is an epic story of adventure, power and influence at the heart of one of the most dangerous times in the history of England.

What’s a random fact about yourself that would surprise your readers?

I used to ride zebras as a child in Africa.

What do you love about writing?

I still find it amazing to think of people all over the world reading my work – and really like it when they connect with me through social media and reviews.

What’s the hardest part of writing a book?

Editing. It isn’t easy to cut passages when you’ve spent so long researching and crafting them, only to find the book is better without them!2014

What inspired you to write Warwick?

I was watching The White Queen, the BBC’s TV adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s book, and was intrigued at why Sir Richard Neville, known as the ‘Kingmaker’, risked everything by changing sides during the Wars of the Roses. The apparent reason was his anger at King Edward IV marrying a ‘commoner’, which seemed implausible. When I looked into it I was surprised to find nobody had ever tackled the real story as a novel, despite the amazing life Richard Neville led.

What will readers learn from Warwick?

I’m prepared to bet that most readers know very little about what became known as ‘The Wars of the Roses’. Although WARWICK is historical fiction, I’ve gone to a lot of trouble to ‘immerse’ myself for a year in the culture and attitudes of fifteenth century England. I wanted to make sure that the events depicted in the book, all the historical facts and smallest details are based on careful research. Fortunately, the truth really is stranger than fiction!

About the author:

Tony Riches is a full time writer living by the sea in rural Pembrokeshire, Wales UK. You can find out more about Warwick and Tony’s other books and visit his popular writing blog. Follow Tony on Twitter @tonyriches or check out his author pages on Facebook and Goodreads.

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How the Internet Allows Others to Damage to Your Reputation

I’m not someone who thinks Facebook is my personal diary. Even in the days of AIM, my status message didn’t tell you if I was in the shower. Despite my restraint (often brought on by my husband)

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I can still be affected by the way Internet and a user’s ability to destroy your reputation.
Because how people perceive online (as in real life) isn’t entirely in your control. I was taught this sharp reminder this week on the site Goodreads, a website for book lovers. I’ve been on Goodreads for about a year, since starting my exploration of the indie publishing world. All six of my ebooks are up on the site; you can see covers, reviews, YouTube trailers, and my bio, website, on my author page.

Imagine my dismay when I saw my latest release, Love Comes Later, had a one star next to it. One, out of five. As in, the entire three years I put into this book made it less than average for a reader. Now authors are constantly cautioned about bad reviews, how to handle them, not to harass bloggers. Fair enough. I wasn’t going to go howler monkey on the person, I wanted to know more.

When I clicked, another reader had the same question.

She said: I’m looking forward to reading it. So, it was just ok? Do you think it would make a good book club selection?

Here’s the kicker, the person hadn’t even read it.

Turns out a glitch in the system tagged it with a one star. The original tagger wrote: i didn’t read it yet; probably just added to my list with wrong designation. i’m reading 11/22/63 now.

What followed was me politely asking the person to rectify this error. An error that can sink a new book like mine.
This is where we ended up: your book is either good or isn’t and readers will read or not.

I’m not going into the ironies of someone on a book review site stating that reviews have no bearing on how readers select books. Hopefully that point is clear enough. The book is about to do a blog tour and soon will have many other posts on this page, good and maybe some equally bad.

What I am reminding myself, and those of you on this wild bronco called the Internet, is the importance of being nice.


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