Tuesdays with Taryn
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Help me welcome Darby York to Tuesdays with Taryn!
What book(s) most influenced you as a writer?
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. Somehow I missed reading her Tudor books, but I’ve enjoyed her War of the Roses series.
What book do you read over and over again?
Katherine by Anya Seton — I loved the romance in this older book. It spiked my interest in the medieval period, so much so that I took a class in the Middle Ages as a history major in college.
1) Movie- Camelot
2) Music- Anything Celtic
3) Decadent Dessert- Bread pudding
What’s the most interesting or bizarre bit of trivia you’ve learned from researching for a novel?
Did you know buttons were invented in 1330? I’ve written about medieval heroes unbuttoning the sleeves of their heroine’s gowns. My settings were pre-1300. Oops!
Novel on your Nightstand:
Who/what are you currently reading?
The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas — Kindle eBook
Darby is writing a short story for the Carnal Knowledge Anthology (name may change) from Sapphire Nights Books. It should be released in October 2012.
Her three short stories will be packaged together in 2013.
Darby says "I hope to write more of sensual medieval short stories to go along with them."
Her latest is The Troubadour.
Courtly love, as sung by troubadours, is often a refuge for medieval wives. Yet its basis is fantasy, a far cry from the harsh realities of everyday life. Will a reluctant bride find courtly love, or her one true love, and satisfy the longings of her romantic heart?
From an Amazon Review-
I love this story! Told in first person, The Troubadour describes a young woman's decision to determine her own destiny, not one decided for her by men who only seek to advance their own interests. Filled with intrigue, danger, and heart wrenching disappointment, our heroine's quest of her own "happily ever after" is a wonderful foray into Medieval times. Ms. Darby's warm, seductive voice pulls you in from the first sentence. The Troubadour has my highest recommendation. It is a five-star must read.
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