Development of a Tudor Historical Fiction Series – Tony Riches [SURPRISE POST]

Since it’s my birthday, I’ve decided to do a second post! Luckily for me, Mr. Tony Riches emailed me with a write up! Some awesome tidbits of information in this post, which I’m sure will make us all quite happy – MORE BOOKS BY TONY!

Development of a Tudor Historical Fiction Series

It all began with my research for a novel about the life of Henry Tudor, who like me was born in the Welsh town of Pembroke. I collected more than enough material for a substantial book – and discovered there were no novels about his amazing story. I think this was partly because Henry had been (mistakenly) labelled as dull and miserly, when in fact he was an extravagant gambler, who knew how to broker peace and end the Wars of the Roses.

I also discovered there were no novels about Henry’s Welsh grandfather, Owen Tudor, or Owen’s son, Jasper Tudor, who helped Henry become king. The Tudor trilogy provided the perfect ‘vehicle’ for Henry to be born in the first book, ‘come of age’ in the second, and become King of England in the third.

I’m pleased to say the books of the Tudor trilogy became best sellers in the US, UK and Australia, with the final book being the only historical fiction novel shortlisted for the highly competitive Amazon Kindle Storyteller award. (Henry was a runner up but I won a Kindle Oasis and a large bottle of good Champagne.)

The challenge I then faced was how to follow a successful trilogy. I’d enjoyed developing the character of Henry’s daughter, Mary Tudor, and realised the story of how she became Queen of France is little known. (In the TV series ‘The Tudors’ Mary was ‘merged’ with her sister Margaret – and some people understandably confuse her with her brother’s daughter, also Mary Tudor.)

I wrote Mary – Tudor Princess, which has become my best-selling book this year, then followed up with my latest book, (published just in time for Christmas) Brandon – Tudor Knight. Readers are probably familiar with Charles Brandon’s story of how he risked everything to marry Mary Tudor against the wishes of her vengeful brother, Henry VIII.

What they might now know is how Brandon found himself seriously out of his depth fighting Henry’s wars in France, or that after Mary’s death he married his fourteen-year-old ward, wealthy heiress Lady Catherine Willoughby.

Now I have two ‘sequels’ to the Tudor Trilogy, with the five books forming a series providing a continuous narrative throughout the reign of the two King Henrys. Where to go next? I’m busy researching and writing the amazing story of what became of Catherine Brandon after the death of Charles. Her story deserves to be told – and leads right up to my next series, which will explore the fascinating world of the Elizabethan Tudors.

Tony Riches

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I'm a lover of all things Tudor, and historical - fiction or fact. My aim is to bring together writers of all calibers to share their work with like minded people!

One thought on “Development of a Tudor Historical Fiction Series – Tony Riches [SURPRISE POST]

  1. In my view, it is always interesting to read the background to the writing of a book, and in this case the Tudor trilogy by Tony Riches. It is surprising that no novels on Henry VII existed prior to this (not as interesting as Henry VIII perhaps?) so “Henry” was a long-awaited publication for historical novel fans, with the bonus of “Owen” and “Jasper” as its forerunners, and won its author an Amazon Kindle runner-up award. The fact that this trilogy has led to two other books, “Mary – a Tudor Princess” and “Brandon – Tudor Knight”, shows the depth of these historical figures and highlights the fact that this Princess Mary was the daughter of Henry VII, sister of Henry VIII and wife of Louis XII, and after the death of the French king, the wife of Charles Brandon.

    The Tudor era spanned over a century, from its origins in 1485 to its final days in 1603, and produced world famous monarchs who changed the face of England, but without Owen and Jasper, Henry Tudor would not have become king and the House of Lancaster and House of York would not have been merged.

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