I am Guinevere. I was once a queen, a lover, a wife, a mother, a priestess, and a friend. But all those roles are lost to me now; to history, I am simply a seductress, a misbegotten woman set astray by the evils of lust.
Welcome back to the spotlight for yet another interview and giveaway! This one is especially for you fans of Arthurian legend. Author Nicole Evelina is here today to share about her dreams and her books. Remember, for a chance to win a digital copy of her book today, comment on the blog below or retweet my pinned tweet about this post @sydney_writer. Good luck!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
It depends on at what age you asked me. I wanted to be a teacher, President, a lawyer, all kinds of things.
I guess I thought they were magical beings or something. When I was little I thought way more about the books I read than about who wrote them.
What do you do now?
I’m a writer in the marketing department of a health care organization. I mostly write newsletters, HR communications, award entries, that kind of thing. But I’m trained and accredited in all aspects of public relations.
I’m giving you a super power that will make your biggest dream come true–guaranteed. What’s going to happen?
I’m going to be #1 on the NY Times and USA Today Best Seller lists!
Did you ever give up on your dreams?
No, but I came close a few times.
But the support of my family and friends and their belief in my talent is what got me through.
What advice do you have for people who are trying to decide if they should chase their dreams?
Seriously, we have this one, brief life (even if you believe in reincarnation, you won’t be the same person the next time around), so you have to go for what you want, what makes you really happy.
It won’t be easy and you are going to have to work really, really hard, but you CAN make your dreams happen. I’m living proof.
Better yet, prove them wrong!
If you were a superhero, who would you be and why?
I don’t read comics, so I know very little about superheros. I did just decide last night that if I would have any super power, it would be to understand all languages, those used and those considered dead.
Nicole Evelina is St. Louis-born historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. She is one of only six authors who completed the first week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness in 2014. Nicole has traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.
- Daughter of Destiny (Guinevere’s Tale: Book 1) (Short-listed for the Chaucer Award in Early Historical Fiction)
- Camelot’s Queen (Guinevere’s Tale: Book 2) – available in April 12
- Been Searching for You – available May 10 (Winner of the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests.)
- Madame Presidentess, a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America’s first female Presidential candidate, available July 25, 2016 (Short-listed for the Goethe Award in Late Historical Fiction)
Before queenship and Camelot, Guinevere was a priestess of Avalon. She loved another before Arthur, a warrior who would one day betray her.
In the war-torn world of late fifth century Britain, young Guinevere faces a choice: stay with her family to defend her home at Northgallis from the Irish, or go to Avalon to seek help for the horrific visions that haunt her. The Sight calls her to Avalon, where she meets Morgan, a woman of questionable parentage who is destined to become her rival. As Guinevere matures to womanhood, she gains the powers of a priestess, and falls in love with a man who will be both her deepest love and her greatest mistake.
Just when Guinevere is able to envision a future in Avalon, tragedy forces her back home, into a world she barely recognizes, one in which her pagan faith, outspokenness, and proficiency in the magical and military arts are liabilities. When a chance reunion with her lover leads to disaster, she is cast out of Northgallis and into an uncertain future. As a new High King comes to power, Guinevere must navigate a world of political intrigue where unmarried women are valuable commodities and seemingly innocent actions can have life-altering consequences.
You may think you know the story of Guinevere, but you’ve never heard it like this: in her own words. Listen and you will hear the true story of Camelot and its queen.
Fans of Arthurian legend and the Mists of Avalon will love Daughter of Destiny, the first book in a historical fantasy trilogy that gives Guinevere back her voice and traces her life from an uncertain eleven year old girl to a wise queen in her fifth decade of life.
I am Guinevere.
I was once a queen, a lover, a wife, a mother, a priestess, and a friend. But all those roles are lost to me now; to history, I am simply a seductress, a misbegotten woman set astray by the evils of lust.
This is the image painted of me by subsequent generations, a story retold thousands of times. Yet, not one of those stories is correct. They were not there; they did not see through my eyes or feel my pain. My laughter was lost to them in the pages of history.
I made the mistake of allowing the bards to write my song. Events become muddled as ink touches paper, and truth becomes malleable as wax under a flame. Good men are relegated to the pages of inequity, without even an honest epitaph to mark their graves.
Arthur and I were human, no more, no less, though people choose to see it differently. We loved, we argued, we struggled, all in the name of a dream, a dream never to be fulfilled. Camelot is what fed the fires that stirred us to do as we did. History calls it sin, but we simply called it life.
The complexity of living has a way of shielding one’s eyes from the implications of one’s role. That is left for others to flesh out, and they so often manipulate it to suit their own needs. To those god-awful religious, I have become a whore; Arthur the victim of a fallen Eve; Morgan, a satanic faerie sent to lead us all astray. To the royalty, we have become symbols of the dreams they failed to create and Arthur is the hero of a nation, whereas to me, he was simply a man. To the poor, we are but a legend, never flesh and blood, a haunting story to be retold in times of tribulation, if only to inspire the will to survive.
We were so much more than mute skeletons doomed to an eternity in dust and confusion. We were people with a desire for life, a life of peace that would be our downfall. Why no one can look back through the years and recognize the human frailty beneath our actions, I will never understand. Some say grace formed my path; others call it a curse. Whatever it was, I deserve to be able to bear witness before being condemned by men who never saw my face.
It ends now. I will take back my voice and speak the truth of what happened. So shall the lies be revealed and Camelot’s former glory restored. Grieve with me, grieve for me, but do not believe the lies which time would sell. All I ask is that mankind listen to my words, and then judge me on their merit.