The Inquisitor’s Niece
by Erika Rummel
Description of Inquisitor’s Niece by Erika Rummel
Publisher: Bygone Era Books, Ltd. (March 31, 2016)
Category: Historical Fiction
Tour Date: May/June, 2016
Available in: Print & ebook, 394 Pages
The path of true love never runs straight. Alonso and Luisa love each other, However there are a few obstacles to their happiness: the husband she was forced to marry; her uncle, the Regent of Spain; and Alonso’s Jewish family. Mix in the meddlesome Natale, whose loyalty is always to the highest bidder, and you have a story of a courageous couple determined to be happy together, despite the cards being stacked against them.
Using the tumultuous period of Spain immediately following the deaths of Ferdinand and Isabella as her canvas, Erika Rummel paints a portrait of an era where Cardinals hold supreme power, Jews are forcibly converted to Christianity, and the spies of the Inquisition are everywhere.
Praise for Head Games by Erika Rummel
“Head Games is a unique and entertaining adventure with heart. There are the thrills of the adventure itself and we get to see the depth of the characters as they experience their fast paced South American quest. The story felt new and fresh!”-Valerie Mitchell, Mama Likes This
“This is a fast paced page turner. A suspenseful, thrilling roller coaster ride with lots of twisty, loopy sections. Head Games is an apt title for this enthralling read. “- Joy Renee, Joy Story
“Identity’s a big theme in this work, so if you’ve ever felt you were someone other than yourself, if you thought you might like to try living in someone else’s skin, if you’ve wondered whether your friends and loved ones were not exactly who they claimed to be, then this psychological labyrinth might just be your winding road to a good read”.- Carole Giangrande, Words to Go
About Erika Rummel
Erika Rummel is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books and three novels: ‘Playing Naomi’, ‘Head Games’, ‘The Inquisitor’s Niece’.
She won the Random House Creative Writing Award (2011) for a chapter from ‘The Effects of Isolation on the Brain’, which is forthcoming. She is the recipient of a Getty Fellowship and the Killam Award.
Erika grew up in Vienna, emigrated to Canada and obtained a PhD from the University of Toronto. She taught at Wilfrid Laurier and U of Toronto. She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles and has lived in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria.
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(ready made questions)
How much time and effort went into your research for the book?
Years of research! In fact I first wrote a biography of Cardinal Cisneros, Inquisitor General (title: Jimenez de Cisneros. On the Threshold of Spain’s Golden Age) – then made him a character in my novel.
How long did it take you to complete?
This novel started out as a complex story interweaving the lives of three men and the woman who appeared in their dreams. On the advice of friends I simplified the story, but it took me a very long time to make up my mind what to cut out. And in a way I’m still sorry I did. Maybe I should write another novel picking up on what I let go?
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
The covers of my previous two novels were designed by my painter husband. They are rather artistic, perhaps a little too artistic – no one ever commented on them. This time my publisher presented me with a number of commercial covers and allowed me to choose one. Readers clearly love the mysterious scene of a cloaked woman running through a forbidding-looking vault. I get lots of comments. My take-away lesson: A cover must be more than esthetically pleasing. It must be evocative.
What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favourite is the cliff-hanger scene in which Luisa rescues her lover, and they escape their pursuers. It’s a classic good guys vs. bad guys situation, and of course the good guys win. Isn’t that how we all want life to pan out?
Describe the room you are sitting in as though it was a scene in one of your books.
The sun is slanting through the window, and I have to angle my computer to make out what’s on the screen. My desk isn’t very tidy. There are piles of papers and post-its stuck everywhere, and a large envelope labelled “Action!”, which I try to ignore because when I’m in the mood to write, that’s the only action I want to take.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Reading! I took early retirement from university teaching (you guessed it – I taught history). The job required reading a great deal of non-fiction to keep up with the literature in my field. Now I am at leisure to read what I want, and I enjoy it immensely. I do miss the contact with colleagues and students, but I get in more face-time with friends. I love coffee chats, don’t you?
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