Welcome to Day 2 of Historical Week! Today on the blog I’ve got the talented Sara Poole, author of Poison, The Borgia Betrayal, and much more! Sara was nice enough to answer a few of my questions, and courtesy of St.Martins Press, I have 2 copies of The Borgia Betrayal for giveaway (please see details at the bottom of the post.)
Please welcome Sara to the blog!
History, especially the Renaissance period, is full of colorful characters. What made you choose the Borgias?
Poison, your first novel about the Borgias, is a richly layered tapestry, full of intrigue and mystery. What kind of research did you do, and how long did it take you to write?
A wonderful novel deserves a beautiful cover, and Poison certainly delivers! Did you have any say on what the cover would look like?
The Borgia Betrayal, your second Borgia novel, just came out on June 7th! How many more books do you have planned for the series?
The research involved regarding poisonous plants must have been extensive for Poison. Have you always had an interest in botany?
When you’re not writing wonderful novels, how do you like to spend your free time?
Is there any news on upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?
About the book:
In the summer of 1493, Rodrigo Borgia, Alexander VI, has been pope for almost a year. Having played a crucial role in helping him ascend the chair of Saint Peter, Francesca, haunted by the shadows of her own past, is now charged with keeping him there. As court poisoner to the most notorious and dangerous family in Italy, this mistress of death faces a web of peril, intrigue, and deceit that threatens to extinguish the light of the Renaissance. As dangers close in from every direction, Francesca conceives a desperate plan that puts her own life at risk and hurls her into a nightmare confrontation with a madman intent on destroying all she is pledged to protect. From the hidden crypts of fifteenth-century Rome to its teeming streets alive with sensuality, obsession, and treachery, Francesca must battle the demons of her own dark nature to unravel a plot to destroy the Borgias, seize control of Christendom, and plunge the world into eternal darkness.