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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

4:3:2 With Author Tony Riches

Welcome to a new series on the Reads, Writes, Reviews blog. I'll be asking authors to answer 4 questions, show me 3 pictures, and add 2 links. First up, author Tony Riches:

Q1.Who are you?

I’m Tony Riches, a full-time author from Pembrokeshire in Wales, which has some of the best beaches in the UK. I was born within sight of Pembroke Castle, birthplace of King Henry VII, and became fascinated by the stories of the Tudors. When I’m not writing, I enjoy sailing and sea kayaking. 

Q2.What do you write about?

I write medieval historical fiction. I enjoy visiting actual locations and tracking down original documents and records to make sure my books are as factually accurate as possible. My research has taken me to remote castles in Brittany (where Henry Tudor lived in exile) and I’m now presenting a series of monthly podcasts on the stories of the Tudors. 

Q3. Which character will we love to love and why?

My most recent novel is about the amazing life of Princess Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII and sister to King Henry VIII (often confused with his daughter, who was named after her).  Princess Mary’s brother decided she should marry the aging King Louis XII of France when she was eighteen, then when he died she risked his anger by secretly marrying for love. 

4. Which character will we love to hate and why?

It would have to be Mary Tudor’s bother, King Henry VIII, who rewards his loyal wife of almost twenty-four years, Catherine of Aragon, by arguing their marriage was never valid. He banished her so he could marry her attractive young lady-in-waiting, Anne Boleyn, and became one of the most notorious kings in history.

Mary – Tudor Princess is on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079K1DLRL

For more information about Tony’s books please see www.tonyriches.com


  1. It's good to know a little more about Tony and his books. It's a fascinating period of history he writes about and Tony obviously has a passion for that time. So many of his characters sound great. I'd like to find out more about Princess Mary Tudor, in particular. I've never given her much thought before.

    1. Thanks Millie. Yes, she does seem to have missed out to some of her more famous relatives, doesn't she?