IndieView with C.L.R. Peterson, author of Lucia’s Renaissance

The historical background and the basic plot. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Did you hire a professional editor? My plots weave around actual historical events. It’s hard to know exactly. What are you working on now? We all know how important it is for writers to read. Northern California
What would you like readers to know about you? As a history graduate student, I read heresy trial records in the Venetian State Archive and discovered the bare bones of my story…
C.L.R. I’m also a musician, and I’m distracted by listening to music while I’m trying to think and write. As a historical novelist, I start with plenty of research about the time period, place, and conflicts (real or potential). About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Where did you get the idea from? About the book
When did you start writing the book? Polishing a prequel, planning a sequel, and finishing a novel based on my Danish ancestors. Spokane, WA
Where do you live now? I’ve been in love with Italy (language, people, food, history, scenery) since I was nineteen. What came easily? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? It’s multi-tasking for my brain! At the early stages of this novel, I sought the input of agents. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) That lovely, welcoming nation draws me like a hummingbird to nectar, though not a drop of Italian blood flows through me. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Peterson – 11 January 2018
The Back Flap
Heresy is fatal in late sixteenth-century Italy, so only a suicidal zealot would so much as whisper the name of Martin Luther. I have to stop myself from editing as I write because it takes me out of the creative mode. Do you outline? Sarah Dunant’s novels provide a model for me in the way they bring to life the vibrancy and complicated history of Renaissance Italy. Yes, I’ve used developmental as well as copyeditors. Invest time in advance to learn new skills beyond writing (the learning curve can be steep), arrange skill trades with friends or set aside a budget for the tasks you feel least able to do yourself. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? When the novel was completed to my satisfaction, I turned to beta-readers for critique before I self-published. Do you have a target reader? To take advantage of a thematic tie-in, I wanted my novel to come out before the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. A professional created it for me. Jane Kirkpatrick, Bodie and Brock Thoene, Francine Rivers, and Liz Curtis Higgs have showed me how artfully spiritual threads can be woven into great stories. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? I originally had considered traditional publishing, but I realized the process would be too slow, so I decided to self-publish. About You
Where did you grow up? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? I’ve created my own plan based on input from professionals. I begin writing with my main fictional characters in mind, as well as some historical figures who make at least cameo appearances. I do very rough outlines to start, then add notes as I write and think. Get your copy of   Lucia’s Renaissance from Amazon US or Amazon UK. End of Interview:
For more from Ms Peterson, visit her website or like her Facebook page. How long did it take you to write it? I’ve fictionalized a real historical character, Giordano, who is a major character, and have also included a few Venetian Renaissance poets as characters. The editing and writing both go better if I don’t try to wear both hats at once. As a history graduate student, I read heresy trial records in the Venetian State Archive and discovered the bare bones of my story: an Italian doctor smuggled Martin Luther’s books into Italy and was tried three times by the Roman Church’s Inquisition. Sue Monk Kidd’s wonderful voicing in Secret Life of Bees inspired me. Several options came to mind for the ending, and initially the choice was difficult. No. But after Luther’s ideas ignite a young girl’s faith, she can’t set them aside, even when faced by plague, death, and the Inquisition. If so can you please describe it? I set it down numerous times for other projects (writing and non-writing), but always returned because I wanted this story to see the light of day. People who enjoy history and/or historical fiction, especially interwoven with spiritual themes. Over a decade ago, when windows of time opened up in my life. Do you listen to music while you write? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I learned to write fiction as this book evolved, so it went through many revisions.