Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance and soon to be released novel The Other Queen, will be hosting a live web event on Sunday, September 16th. While she will be speaking in front of a live audience in London, the event will be open to fans worldwide. The one-and-a-half-hour long event will allow readers to ask Gregory questions about her novels, her writing career and the upcoming major motion picture based on The Other Boleyn Girl.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Gregory:
I know fans around the globe are looking forward to the live web event. What prompted you to put this event together?
I was very keen to find a way to connect to the millions of readers who have loved The Other Boleyn Girl and the other Tudor novels. I wanted to find something like a world-wide readers group where we could all talk together, and I hope this technology will give us a sense of a seminar – albeit one which goes all around the world.
What will you be discussing at the live web event?
I am prepared to answer any questions that come up! But I know that we will be talking about the current novel The Boleyn Inheritance, and about the next novel; The Other Queen. I will also talk about the process of research, of writing and of inspiration.
What do you hope your readers will take away from the webcast? How do you hope they’ll be involved?
For me, the event will have been a success if readers come away with a sense of connection. When I do a live event in a bookstore or library we often feel that we have genuinely exchanged opinions and connected, sometimes the readers have questions for me that they really want an honest answer. I like to feel that since we all love the history and the stories we can share information.
In your last novel, The Boleyn Inheritance, you depict the life of King Henry VIII and his court through the eyes of three very different characters. Why did you choose to narrate this story through multiple voices and why these three women in particular?
I have a great liking for the first person narrative because I think it gets the reader into the head of the character; it’s a very immediate style. I realized that I wanted to tell the story from the point of view of the three women who were so intimately involved in the perils of being Queen of England at this time. Anne of Cleves, the wife that Henry chooses and rejects, Katherine Howard the girl he adores but who is too young to keep herself safe, and the woman who advises them both to their great danger: Lady Rochford, Jane Boleyn.