Interview by Lisa Yarde

I chatted with fellow HNS writer Lisa Yarde over at her blog, The Bajan Sribbler, where she asked about the upcoming book and historical inspiration! Read here.

MYSTERY BOOK

Kathleen Lea, Geoffrey Ashe and Leo Hicks all mention Sir Anthony Standen’s trip to Constantinople in articles, taking the account bearing his name on the title page at face value. Leo Hicks S.J. in The Embassy of Sir Anthony Standen, Recusant History, April 1963 states that Standen was in Constantinople in 1578 or before, citing …

A CRAWL AROUND THE EMOTIONAL INNARDS OF ONE MODERN SPY

Members of my writers group asked me what influenced me in creating Latham? Initially, a spy I knew as a friend, then fiction and non-fiction. But a documentary offered me the most compelling crawl around a spy’s emotional innards. The Green Prince is an interview with the son of a Hamas leader—the Green Prince—who spied …

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS KNEW HOW TO STOMP ON A NARCISSISTIC ROYAL HUSBAND

When Latham left Elizabeth’s court to serve Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots and her husband, Henry Stuart Lord Darnley, I had to sidle into that notoriously miserable marriage. These coins tickled me! Mary minted the first one on their marriage. Its inscription is Henricus & Maria, with handsome Darnley’s big head taller than his wife’s. …