Sunday, January 02, 2011

What is Susan Fraser King reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Susan Fraser King, author of Queen Hereafter.

Her entry begins:
Right now I'm reading Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, the third novel in The Hunger Games series. This is a brisk-paced, fresh series, and while the first is perhaps my favorite because the novel was such an addictive delight and hooked me from beginning to end. I really enjoyed the second and the last books too. The first person present tense narrative works really well here, and the quick pace drives the story along. And I love Katniss, the complex heroine, who is intelligent, tough yet vulnerable-- and not so easy for the reader or the other characters to love her, which makes her all the more...[read on]
Among the early praise for Queen Hereafter:
“Powerful and lyrically written . . . with riveting authenticity, King weaves a tapestry of love, friendship, and the eternal search for truth.”
—Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of Never Less Than a Lady

“King is adept at pulling the reader into uncharted historical territory and making it real. A story of love, women’s friendship, and suspense—this epic tale and its larger-than-life characters linger in the mind and heart.”
—Karen Harper, author of Mistress Shakespeare

“A captivating tale of the devout girl forced by fate to become queen to a passionate king. As successor to Lady Macbeth and the most powerful woman in Scotland, Margaret earns love, hate—and lasting friendships. Susan Fraser King carries her readers through the Scots courts as if she’d lived there herself.”—Patricia Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Wyckerly

“Through a combination of assured scholarship and powerful storytelling, Susan Fraser King brings alive the complex, vivid world of Margaret of Scotland. With vibrant characters and lyrical description, this is a wonderful evocation of eleventh-century Britain in all its fierce splendor.”
—Nicola Cornick, USA Today bestselling author

“She: a pious, educated foreigner; he: a hirsute warrior king—yoked together in matrimony for political expedience. Based on actual events, Susan Fraser King paints a vivid portrait of Margaret and Malcolm, a forced royal marriage that beat all odds and developed into one of mutual love and respect.”
—Leslie Carroll, author of Notorious Royal Marriages
Susan Fraser King is a multi-published, bestselling, award-winning author and a former art history lecturer. She holds a B.A. in art and an M.A. and most of a Ph.D. in art history, with postgraduate work in medieval studies. Her books are widely praised for historical detail and a lyrical writing style, and she has won multiple honors and awards for her novels.

Learn more about the book and author at  Susan Fraser King's website.

Writers Read: Susan Fraser King.

--Marshal Zeringue