Welcome, Edward Ruadh Butler.
How would you describe your writing style in only three words?
Edward: Normans. Celts. Vikings.
If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?
Edward: I’m working on a new book called Lord of the Sea Castle at the moment. Set in summer 1170, one of the main characters is called Alice of Abergavenny. While based on a historical figure (and has no familial connection to me!) she really is entirely fictional. She knows what she wants and is determined to get it despite being born into a society that increasingly wants to take position and influence away from her. Also, this Welsh lass is good with an axe and a bit of a looker!
If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which one would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?
Edward: In Swordland my main character, Robert FitzStephen, builds a motte and bailey castle just north of Wexford (the site can still be visited at the Irish National Heritage Park). In the book he predicts that a castle can be finished in a week and I, history geek that I am, would love to see if it could actually be accomplished. So a week spent working all day in the twelfth century sunshine and drinking into the night would be marvellous.
Dead or alive literary dinner party: who would you invite, and what would you serve?
Edward: I make a mean prawn curry, but I’m afraid my culinary expertise stops there. Drinks a-plenty to make up for that failing! I’m already picturing a medieval feasting hall so Gerald of Wales will have to be the first guest I invite. Daniel Defoe, Roald Dahl, Alexandre Dumas, Patrick O’Brian, and Robert Louis Stevenson would keep even Gerald in good humour, I would imagine. I’ll also throw in Wilde and his Café Royal chums as they would be a hoot. All the Accent Press writers would get invites too! And so would the members of the Historical Writers’ Association. Ply everyone with drinks, encourage them to eat too much and see what happens!
If you had to write in a different genre which would it be and why?
Edward: Disregarding ability to do so, I’d love to have a bash at the crime genre. I was introduced to Henning Mankell’s books by Anthony J. Quinn (author of Disappeared) a few years ago and loved them. I think that the crime genre is a great backdrop for the study of society today as you are forced to take a hard look at those the detective is investigating, and to uncover their motivations, desires and fears to make the story plausible.
What do you dislike the most about being an author?
Edward: The alone time.
Favourite word? Edward: Converse
Edward Ruadh Butler was in the chair: Author of Swordland.
Published by Accent Press.