This week I have the wonderful opportunity to introduce author Liza Perrat. She discusses her decision to write historical fiction with The Bone Angel Series and her favourite tea, of course! Liza is also kindly offering 1 eBook of your choice from this series to 3 lucky winners. The giveaway is international so be sure to enter below!
The Bone Angel Series
Three standalone stories exploring the tragedies and triumphs of a French village family of midwife-healers during the French Revolution (Spirit of Lost Angels), WW2 Nazi-occupied France (Wolfsangel) and the 1348 Black Plague (Blood Rose Angel).
Why did you choose to write historical fiction for this series and what inspired you?
I’ve always been amazed and intrigued by history. I live in a rural French village and on a Sunday walk along the riverbank I came across a small stone cross (croix à gros ventre, or cross with the big belly) commemorating the drowning of two peasant children in the 18th century. I wanted to know more about them; to give them names, a family, a village. An identity. The children had died in the years leading up to the French Revolution, so that seemed the most obvious setting: the peasants versus the aristocracy––on the small-scale of my story, paralleled with the larger, real-life scale. This was the inspiration for the first in the series, Spirit of Lost Angels.
Once this book was finished, I realised there were more stories to tell about the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne and the farmhouse (L’Auberge des Anges). So I wrote two more books, set in different historical eras.
For the second in the series, Wolfsangel, a visit to the town of Oradour-sur-Glane, and learning of the tragic WW2 crime that occurred there, inspired me to set that book during the Nazi occupation of WW2, featuring the descendants of the family of Spirit of Lost Angels.
I’d used dramatic historical events for the settings of these books and by the time I reached the third novel, I’d become intrigued by the medieval period. So the bubonic plague seemed a logical choice for the setting of Blood Rose Angel: one woman fighting against the village, symbolising the people of the world battling against the greater enemy of Black Death.
About Liza Perrat
Liza grew up in Australia, working as a general nurse and midwife. She has now been living in France for over twenty years, where she works as a part-time medical translator and a novelist. She is the author of the historical The Bone Angel series. The first, Spirit of Lost Angels 18thcentury revolutionary France. The second, Wolfsangel is set during the WW2 Nazi Occupation and the French Resistance, and the third novel, Blood Rose Angel is set during the 14th century Black Plague years. Her latest novel, The Silent Kookaburra, is a psychological suspense, set in 1970s Australia. Liza is a co-founder and member of the writers’ collective Triskele Books. Liza reviews books for Bookmuse.
Liza’s Favourite tea: Australian Afternoon Tea.
Tea type: Leaf (infused)
Drunk: Black, no sugar
Website description: a blend of “the slightly smoky Russian Caravan with the full-bodied Irish Breakfast and then added the light Ceylon Orange Pekoe”.
Giveaway Time! Enter for a chance to win 1 of The Bone Angel Series ebooks of your choice!
(I will select 3 winners on the 14th and notify them by email- they must be 18 or older, able to provide an email address & the format of ebook desired, and agree to be mentioned on the blog – this giveaway is being provided by the author).