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Something which I have loved all the time. It's BOOKS!! So, presenting a whole new saga, of books and a little about them, whatever I can find, write, visualise and imagine...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Author Interview : Alex Rutherford, author of 'Empire of the Moghul : Traitors in the Shadows' (Part 2)
Read up, the Interview with Alex
Rutherford (Part 2). In this section, they talk of thetravel that they most enjoyed,
how they covered the various facets of the book, what the most fulfilling part
to the book was, and their next book, and also their favourite authors, and then
a lot more, Folks...
part of the travel with regard to this book did you enjoy and why?
south into the Deccan and in particular visiting the Aurangabad area and seeing
Aurangzeb’s simple grave.
much did the core idea need to be developed/enhanced?
life and reign were so rich and full and eventful that the challenge was to
choose, which events to concentrate on to maintain the narrative tension rather
than having to enhance an already, very dramatic story.
Aurangazeb from Wikipedia
did you cover so many facets?
like his predecessors, presided over a huge and complex empire. We thought it
important to understand how the Moghul Empire functioned – for example, the
role of its governors, how taxes and armies were raised, how generals and high
officials were rewarded for success and punished for failure.
sources provide considerable detail which, guided us through and helped us
distil it for our readers so, it didn’t obstruct the story.
much is based in fact, how much is fiction?
previous five books in the series, this is an historical novel which, means
that although the story is based on history the characters’ words, motivations
and the detailed action are fictional.
words into a character’s mouth to represent what the character might have
thought and said at the time. All the major events in the book actually
happened and most of the characters have their origins in history. However, a
few are composites of people who existed or entirely fictional.
back of the book we provided a very full historical note explaining what we
was the most fulfilling part of writing this book?
that we were really getting to grips with the character and complexities of
Aurangzeb and bringing him to life.
a letter in which, Aurangazeb complained that his father Shah Jahan never loved
him, which we think is key to understanding his character.
book is coming from your desk next?
just thinking about that. Watch this space. We may make an announcement soon …