News From Kate Emerson
News for July 2015
Yes, those are pictures from a workshop in
rapier and dagger fighting. I was fortunate enough to attend this three-hour
session at the recent Historical Novel Society North American Conference in Denver.
Instructor David Blixt took participants through the
basics, with lots of practical advice for writing sword fights into our
fiction. Then anyone who wanted to took a turn practicing with the weapons. I
was pretty clumsy myself, but I can see my characters getting plenty of use out
of the information in this session. Knives such as the one Rosamond Jaffrey
secrets on her person weren’t covered in the workshop, but I had a chance
to ask questions afterward and received a few useful hints on how she should
proceed. When I start writing the third book in the series (as yet untitled) I
have a feeling there will be several scenes involving bladed weapons.
news, July is a much busier than usual
month for me on the promotion front. I’ll be participating in three group
events on three out of the four weekends. First up is the 4th of
July celebration in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, where I’ll be at a “Meet
the Maine Authors” table with Dorothy Cannell,
John Clark, Kelly McClymer, Maureen Milliken, and Lea
Wait. Then, on the 11th from 1-4 PM, it’s Books in Boothbay,
an annual gathering of authors at the Boothbay Railway Village, and on the 25th
I’ll be in Lincolnville Beach for the Beyond the Sea Maine Book Festival.
We have overlapping times for that one, so I get to spend a little time with a
good many old friends, including but not limited to Dorothy Cannell,
Kate Flora, Tess Gerritsen, Barb Ross, and Lea Wait.
Look for photos to pop up here and at our
group blog at Maine Crime Writers
A NOTE TO DO WITH ROYAL INHERITANCE:
6/21/15: One of the most
fascinating things about the study of history is how fast the “facts”
can change. Not that history itself is any different—it’s just that
every time someone makes a new discovery, or connects events that were
previously not linked together, our perception of what happened in the past
undergoes a shift. We see things in a new way. Possibilities open up.
Suppositions become facts or are disproved. Thanks to diligent research by a
descendant of Hester Harington, several new documents have come to light about
Audrey Malte’s daughter, proving that she not
only married and had children, but lived to a ripe old age. Here is my updated
biography of Hester from A Who’s
Who of Tudor Women:
HESTER HARINGTON (d.1639)
Hester Harington was the
daughter of John Harington of Stepney (1525-July 1,
1582) and Audrey Malte (d.c.1556). See the entry
under ETHELREDA, AUDREY or ESTHER MALTE
for more details on Hester's mother. The date of her birth is uncertain. 1554
has been suggested, but as her mother was in service to Princess Elizabeth in
that year, it seems less likely to me than an earlier date. Most records also
suggest that no one knows what happened to Hester after about 1568. Recent
research by a descendant of the Stubbs family, however, has turned up evidence
that Hester Heringtonn married William Stubbs
(d.1630) in St. Clement Danes, London, on January 17, 1574. Anne Stubbs was
baptized there on January 9, 1575 and Harrington Stubbs on June 14, 1578. They
also had a daughter named Susan. A connection between the Maltes,
the Haringtons, and Hester Stubbs comes through
property records for the manor of Watchfield in Shrivenham, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire).
It was granted to John Malte in 1541, belonged to
Audrey Malte in 1546, was in the possession of John
and Audrey Harington in 1556, and of John and Hester Harington in 1568. In 1593,
it belonged to William and Hester Stubbs and in 1631 to Hester Stubbs, widow.
Hester lived at Watchfield until her death in 1639.
Further evidence of the identification comes from the arms on the tomb of Anne
Stubbs Codrington in Bristol Cathedral where the arms of the Stubbs family are
quartered with those of the Harington family and from a court case in which Sir
John Harington, son of John Harington by his second wife, is identified as the
brother-in-law of William Stubbs. Hester left a will, probated in 1639, in
which she describes herself as of Watchfield in the
County of Berks, widowe, being very aged and weake in body. Possible portrait: now lost but described as
a child holding a book.
If you’re interested in
more information about Hester and other members of her family, her descendant
blogs at https://genesurfing.wordpress.com
News for June 2015
6/1/15: As you have probably been able to tell, I am
not writing any new books under the pseudonym Kate Emerson. Using my own name,
however, I’m still firmly based in the sixteenth century. The trade
paperback reprint of Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe, first in the Mistress Jaffrey
Mysteries, set in the 1580s, will be available in the UK in August and in the
US in September. The second book in the series, Murder in the
will be published in hardcover in the UK at the end of August and be out on the
first of December in the U.S.
Here’s the gorgeous cover.
News for May 2015
5/7/15: I’m back home after Malice Domestic
and more or less caught up on sleep, so it’s past time for adding to the
news page. I had a wonderful time. A recap can be found at Maine
Crime Writers blog. I was there as both Kathy Lynn Emerson (historical
mysteries) and Kaitlyn Dunnett (the Liss MacCrimmon
series set in Moosetookalook, Maine) and as both writer and reader. I’m
as much a fan girl as anyone else there when it comes to meeting and talking to
writers whose work I admire. I’ve been fortunate over the years in that
some of them have also become friends.
In other Kathy news, the second of the Mistress
Jaffrey Mysteries is now in the hands of my new editor, Faith Black, who will
be sending me her notes shortly. Overlapping with that, I had sent in a couple
of ideas for a third entry in that series and had started working on a story in
which Rosamond goes undercover in prison to solve a murder. To tell you the
truth, it wasn’t going all that well. I’d already realized that I
needed to step back and do some serious research into a couple of aspects of
the plot before I could move ahead. Then serendipity struck. It seems my
publisher at Severn House would actually prefer to have me write the other
story I suggested first. It involves a trip to Cornwall (where Rosamond’s
birth mother lives with her husband) and—wait for it!—pirates. I
think it’s going to be fun to write. And—serendipity again—I
just happen to know someone who is an expert on all things to do with pirates.
As for Kaitlyn, the tenth entry in the Liss
MacCrimmon series, Kilt at the Highland
Games, is due September 1st. It has been “resting”
for a month or so, which means I can start the next revision any time. After
that, my beta reader will take a look, followed by at least one more revision
before it’s ready to go in to my editor. The key for me is always leaving
a loooong stretch in between revisions, so that I can
approach each one with enough perspective to spot what needs to be fixed.
May is going to be a busy month!
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