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As a person who has nurtured many interests over my lifetime, one in particular has inspired and intrigued me relentlessly. I am an avid student of the Tudor period, especially fascinated with the life of Anne Boleyn, as well as the other five wives of Henry VIII. Anything and everything which provides information about Anne’s life, as well as that of Henry VIII, I find completely absorbing.
It seemed logical to me, then, that once I left my long term career of leadership and organization development, I would commence my own research on the object of my passionate interest. This research resulted in, among other articles and publications, a work of historical fiction. The first volume is entitled Je Anne Boleyn: Struck with the Dart of Love. I was compelled to tell Anne’s story from her own point of view, and the journey toward its creation has been fascinating – and very satisfying.
I grew up in an area just outside Philadelphia, PA, and earned a degree from Villanova University majoring in both Biology and English. I have written all my life: essays, stories, and articles, but Je Anne Boleyn is my first work of published fiction. I am keenly interested in the bold and insightful qualities possessed by Anne, a highly intelligent woman, ahead of her time and a leader in so many ways.
As a highlight in the research for these books, I viewed a Book of Hours shared by Anne and Henry in which both of them wrote inscriptions. This gorgeous piece is housed in the Manuscripts collection at the British Library. I also had the great privilege of gaining access to the Biblioteca Apostolica – the Papal Library – in which seventeen love letters which were written by Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn are kept; I was able to spend an entire afternoon poring over them in their original.
I was enchanted by inspecting, so closely, Henry’s writing – especially the hearts he drew around Anne’s initials. I was amazed by how clearly the nuances of his penstrokes revealed his state of mind as he composed each letter. The notes I took that afternoon will always be a very precious reminder of that incredibly moving experience – one that was absolutely vital to the creation of these books.
I am married to a wonderful man who has nurtured and supported my desire to write about Tudor history. We live in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, in the US, and one of my two greyhounds, now deceased was the model for Anne’s greyhound in the book.