Sharing #TenThings with us today is Candace Robb. A Conspiracy of Wolves, the tenth book in her series featuring 14th century investigator Owen Archer, is available now. In this post, she talks about just how much she likes her characters and the city of York and mentions birds once or twice as well.
I sing in Seattle’s Medieval Women’s Choir, one of the only non-professional choirs in the United States to specialize in medieval repertoire. An immersive way to learn about and truly understand the music I listen to as I write.
Magda Digby, a character I supposedly created, is my mentor. “What would Magda Digby do?” is my doorway to wisdom.
I’m in love with Owen Archer. I have been from the moment I first imagined him growling at the physician Roglio who had the misfortune of telling Owen he would not regain the sight in his injured left eye.
I’m also in love with Berend, from my Kate Clifford books. Please don’t read anything into the fact that both are ex-soldiers with war wounds.
I felt a connection with York from the first moment I stepped onto the wall.
I adore corvids, particularly crows. They are so smart. Masses of them (murders of crows) roost at night at the top of Lake Washington, and come down the lake past my house in the morning, return up the lake in the evenings—when I hear their calls I go out on the deck to watch them. They delight in community and fly in playful patterns.
I believe that the barred owls that hunt in the woods near my house protect us.
I have my best breakthroughs in writing while meditating and trying very hard not to think of work.
Writing fictional biographies about Alice Perrers and Joan of Kent, two books that I’m so proud of and happy I wrote, revealed to me how much I prefer writing mysteries. I prefer being in control of my characters’ destinies, but I also much prefer the streets of York and the wilds of Yorkshire to the stifling confines of royal castles and palaces. I know the names and personalities of most of the dogs in my neighborhood. (Don’t tell my cat.)
My thanks to Kelly at Love Books Group Tours for inviting me to take part in the blogtour. A Conspiracy of Wolves is published by Severn House and should be available to buy or order from your usual book retailer. Or you can order a copy online here: A Conspiracy of Wolves
From the back of the book
1374. When a member of one of York’s most prominent families is found dead in the woods, his throat torn out, rumours spread like wildfire that wolves are running loose throughout the city. Persuaded to investigate by the victim’s father, Owen Archer is convinced that a human killer is responsible. But before he can gather sufficient evidence to prove his case, a second body is discovered, stabbed to death. Is there a connection? What secrets are contained within the victim’s household? And what does apprentice healer Alisoun know that she’s not telling? Teaming up with Geoffrey Chaucer, who is in York on a secret mission on behalf of Prince Edward, Owen’s enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy.
About the Author
Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval & Anglo-Saxon Literature. She divides her time between Seattle and the UK, frequently visiting York to research the series. She is the author of ten previous Owen Archer mysteries and three Kate Clifford medieval mysteries.