Passion conquers whatever obstacles a hostile medieval world can throw in its path. My page-turning adventures have earned me a place on Amazon’s All-Star list.
Besides writing, I have two addictions-crosswords and genealogy, probably the reason I love research. I am a fool for cats. My husband is an entrepreneur who is fond of boasting he’s never had a job.
I live on Canada’s scenic west coast now, but I was born and raised in the UK and I love breathing life into the history of my homeland.
Escape with me to where romance began.
How did you get started writing?
I entered a writing contest in primary school in England, and came third (out of three)! I became interested in (i.e. addicted to) genealogy a few years ago and wrote several family histories. A tidbit about a Norman family that I unearthed while doing research in 2011 prompted me to write my first novel, Conquering Passion.
Third out of three isn't that bad, right? lol So Anna, what genres do you write, and why?
Most of my stories are either Viking or medieval era. However, my latest release is what I call a “contemporary with medieval overtones”. It’s a Kindle Worlds book entitled Hungry Like De Wolfe.
What a catchy title! What is your favorite part of writing?
I enjoy getting to know the characters while I am writing the story. After publication I love getting letters from readers telling me how much they enjoyed my work.
I'm sure you get a lot of letters from readers, too! Tell us about your newest release.
Hungry Like De Wolfe is a KW book, that is to say it is “fan fiction” based on a book by Kathryn Le Veque, and it can be found in her World of De Wolfe Pack. It’s the second book I’ve written in conjunction with Kathryn’s “world”. The first one was a Scottish medieval, Highland Dawn.
Here’s a blurb for Hungry Like De Wolfe.
Blaise de Wolfe risks losing De Wolfe Hall unless he can prove his pure Norman ancestry and be eligible for a substantial renovation grant from the "Sons of the Conquest", an exclusive club. He turns to family tree researcher Anne Smith, unaware of her Norman roots and consequent disdain for the male-only policies of the club. Sparks fly between them when she digs up some unexpected information about Blaise's medieval ancestor, Gaetan de Wolfe.
Anne harbors other resentments. Widowed when her husband volunteers for a second tour with the British Army in Iraq, she is reluctant to embark on another relationship, though she is drawn to Blaise. He too is afraid to risk his heart after his fiancée dumps him upon learning his ancestral home is draining his bank account.
Two great medieval dynasties come together in this novella set in London in 2006— Le Veque’s De Wolfe Pack and Markland’s Montbryce~FitzRam family. The world will never be the same.
What will your next project be?
I’ve just finished a medieval series, The Von Wolfenberg Dynasty. Book III of that series, Faithful Heart, will be available Sept. 26th. It’s on preorder now for 99 cents, but only until Sept. 26th. The three books follow the children of characters from an earlier book. I tend to follow families in my series. I guess it’s the amateur genealogist in me.
After that there will be a Christmas novella in an anthology with several other well-known authors. The stories center around the theme of the Kissing Bough. Mine is entitled An Unkissable Knight.
Where can readers find you on social media?
You’ll find a FREE download of one of my novellas on my website. My Facebook page is Anna Markland Novels.