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Halfway through her Six Tudor Queens series, Alison Weir discusses the balance of scholarly research and speculation, with Tina Jackson

Many of us are fascinated by in the doomed lives of the six wives of Henry VIII but none more so than bestselling author and historian Alison Weir. She has written hefty non-fiction books about Henry, his wives and his court, and this month sees the publication of Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen, the third in her Six Tudor Queens series of historical fiction.

The first two novels covered regal, dignified Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, the dazzling woman for whom Katherine was set aside, who was charged with incest, adultery and treason before being beheaded. These two women are more apparently substantial characters to base a novel on than the little-known figure of Jane Seymour, who was queen only for eighteen months, dying twelve days after she gave birth to a son, Edward. Alison, though, brings her to much more involving life than you might expect.

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In this month's issue of the UK's bestselling magazine for writers, we show you how to sell your book, with tips on how to get your book into bookshops and why, and how, you need to assemble a press pack. In the June issue, you can find out how facing up to failure as a writer can be the first step to success. Learn how to use a second person 'you' narrator in your fiction, and explore the opening of seminal adventure novel King Solomon's Mines. Our star interview is Alison Weir, discussing combining historical rigour with fiction vigour in her Six Tudor Queens series of novels. Keep up to date with the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print in the packed pages of the latest Writers News.

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