Seven Noble Knights is chock full of great historical tidbits. During the run-up to its new debut from Encircle Publications on December 11, I've been participating in lots of fun new multimedia experiences you can find links to in this post. I'll add new material as I do more cool events. I'll also include some oldies but goodies because Seven Noble Knights is nothing if not historical.
• A short and sweet interview on Chat and Spin Radio about Seven Noble Knights and the importance of artists in trying times
• An interview with All Classical Portland's book guru Ed Goldberg, crammed with noble knights, devious ladies, and ominous auguries! Check it out and download it at the station's site. Or try listening here, at the top of the page.
“Let Seven Noble Knights welcome you to historical fiction! …it’s a rich saga populated with characters you will grow to love (and a few you will love to hate). The ancient empires of Spain are a beautiful backdrop to the struggles of humankind across all generations of all lands: romance, revenge, war, and adventure.”
—Pushcart Prize nominee Reneé Bibby, The Writers Studio
• Author Seymour Hamilton observes medieval bathing habits.
• Author Kim Rendfeld discusses love and vengeance in medieval times.
About the Author
• A thrilling romp at Much Medieval Mayhem hosted by Anna Belfrage: The Princess Bride, Cantigas de Santa Maria, and the multicultural, multiethnic Middle Ages.
• At Historical Fiction Blog: What's my writing process? What do I have in my refrigerator?
• Writing Superheroes with Author Maria Grace: My surprising secret life, with polka dots.
• At Unusual Historicals: Legends of medieval Spain, history, and fantasy. (Unfortunately, the giveaway mentioned is no longer active.)
• An appearance in the St. Helens Chronicle gives my opinion on ebooks and the lure of historical fiction.
History and Legend
• "My Characters Lived in Tenth-Century Spain" at Historical Fiction Reader: The complexities of tenth-century life couldn't help but produce a legend.
• "How the Seven Noble Knights Survived One Millennium ... and Counting" with Author Kristin Gleeson: A story so good, you can't tell it just once!
• "A Medieval Ritual of Rebirth" with Author Kim Rendfeld's Outtakes of a Historical Novelist with an excerpt sure to squeeze the breath out of you
• "The Seven Noble Knights in Modern Life": Living with the legend in my characters' hometowns today
Characters: Inspirations and Interviews
• "Salas de los Infantes, Where the Seven Noble Knights Lived": A delightful visit to Salas de los Infantes to share a copy of Seven Noble Knights and see the casket inside the Romanesque-Gothic transition church
• “Vengeful Ladies and Bloody Cucumbers: J. K. Knauss on Seven Noble Knights” with Author J. L. Gribble and the pivotal bloody cucumber scene!
• Blanca Flor, Lambra's daughter
• Long-Suffering Justa, Lambra's maid
• Meet Gonzalo González, the youngest of seven noble knights.
• Meet Mudarra, the conflicted hero of Part Two.
Seven Noble Knights was the official February 2017 pick of the St. Helens Literary Divas Book Club. The author made a special appearance and good times were had! Contact the author to arrange a virtual or in-person visit for your book club.
Virtual Events and Video
Lands of Legend: On December 5, 2020, I gave a photo- and excerpt-filled a virtual tour of Spain, medieval and modern, courtesy of the New York Public Library. The event was well-attended and the audience was engaged and asked thoughtful, interesting questions. There was no recording, but a special encore presentation has been recorded in four parts.
Watch the colorful trailer with art by Ayal Pinkus.
The World of Seven Noble Knights
Research and sudden dramatic transport from the 21st century to the tenth: