Christian Ashley ~ Author’s blog

My note about the writing of Dignity:

Inspired by a book written about The Tower of London, I began thinking about this story in the early 1970’s when I was in my teens. I started working on it in 1994 as an outline in which I told the whole story and I put the outline, which was hand written, away. I began writing “Dignity” in 1995 and changed it in 1996 to make the main character older. However, in 2002 I realized that it had to be rewritten to how it was originally because, historically, it was the only way that it would be accurate. I worked on “Dignity” off and on and then completed my first draft in 2007. The first manuscript was submitted in 2008 and it was recommended by the agency that more dialogue be added. So it was re-written to include more dialogue. I then revised “Dignity” in 2010 to add the full names of many of the historical characters as there has been so much written about Tudor history that it made sense to do so. Much of this story is historical and the parts that are not came from somewhere otherworldly. Many of the things that are historical are hard to believe, but they did happen. I never looked at the hand written outline after I wrote it. Also the name of Katheryn Howard’s oldest brother (10 years her senior) was Henry – Harry is the nick name for Henry, and his wife’s name was recorded as being Anne (all facts that I did not know until after the story was written). Many of the letters are real and were paraphrased and the statement that Katheryn made at her death was what she actually said (paraphrased from Old English).


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