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Today, I am visiting with author J.A. Beard for an interview at his blog, Unnecessary Musings. J.A.’s  titles include the Regency paranormal romance A Woman of Proper Accomplishments and YA urban fantasy The Emerald City.

J.A.’s questions are well-researched and thought provoking. Here is a sampling:

  • Please tell us how you approached the balance of fact and fiction, especially given that your basis is a historical legend that in of itself has some fictionalized details of the events and people it is about.
  • The period your book covers seems less popular than later, and for that matter, earlier periods of European history. Why do you think that is?
  • Do you see historical fiction as an educational tool or merely an entertainment tool? If the former, what advantages do you think it has in that regard?

Visit J.A. Beard’s Unnecessary Musings for the answers.

A 14th century depiction of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass

A 14th century depiction of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass, as portrayed in The Song of Roland. I borrowed from the poem in creating The Cross and the Dragon (public domain image via Wikimedia Commons).