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Exclusive Interview with Author Barb Alexander

 Barb Alexander is an elementary school teacher and history aficionado. Having lived in England and combining her love of history enabled Alexander to write the Tudor Tutor: Your Cheeky Guide to the Tudor Dynasty. This book is an informative as well as entertaining look at the Tudor Dynasty. Read below what she said about writing this book.
When did you first realize that you wanted to become a writer?

“I loved writing from an early age, probably around age 10 or so.”

What other writers inspire you?

“I adore Charles Dickens. His words and descriptions are brilliant, possessing both levity and gravity. Khaled Hosseini writes so beautifully. I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series! J.K. Rowling created something enviable, there. I devoured all of Frank McCourt’s books one summer; I couldn’t get enough of his storytelling. And this may sound unusual, but I love the passionate-but-approachable style that Jamie Oliver uses in his cookbooks. It’s the same concept I aim for when I write about history.”

 The Tudor Tutor: Your Cheeky Guide to a Dynasty is a well-researched, well-written literary treasure. Can you tell me how you conceived this book?

“Thank you for those kind words! When I returned to the States after a few years in England, I missed it obsessively. I learned so much about royal history from visiting the sites — not just the Tower and Westminster Abbey, but also Framlingham, Castle Rising, Orford, Burghley House… I wanted to share what I’d learned but make it fun. My original target audience was preteens and teenagers. I began to gather information on each monarch of England from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II, but felt I could do the most at the time by concentrating on the Tudors. I started my blog, tudortutor.com, in 2009. Shortly after, I brought my blog to social media and then self-published in 2013. Skyhorse approached me about a second edition in the months that followed, and here we are.”

 What challenges did you face in writing The Tudor Tutor?

“Finding the time to get it all together was probably the biggest challenge!”

Which Tudor monarch is your favorite and why?

“I honestly don’t have one.”

 Do you have plans to write any other books within the historical genre?

“Not at this time.”

You are also a teacher. How has your teaching career influenced your writing projects?

“I approached my book the way I approach my classroom: I want you to learn something, but I want you to have fun while doing it. Also, I like to think I share information without imposing my opinions on the topics we’re covering.”

 What advice would you offer someone seeking to become a writer?

“I’m not the person to give that advice. I’m a teacher and an author, but I don’t consider myself “a writer,” per se.”

 Are there any other current writing projects you are working on that you can share with us?

“The literacy projects I work on with my Kindergarteners. :)”

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