Guest Authors

Interview with Mary Delorme, Author of St. Bartholomew’s Man


“Subtle, moving, beautifully told”, and based on all the real facts available, ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’ will take you in accurate period detail, to a time in the 12th century when life was brief and harsh. To the time a humble man, a mere court jester to King Henry 1st, yet a man with great vision was formed, who was to lay the groundwork to one of the worlds greatest institutions, hundreds of years ahead of it’s time.
-St Bartholomew’s Hospital

St. Bartholomew’s Man is gaining significant interest from Rosemary Sutcliff fans. In fact, Sutcliff’s novel The Witch’s Brat is also about Rahere (St. Bartholomew’s Man). Readers have found Delorme and Sutcliff’s styles similar.

Link  to the Amazon page for this book:

Link to her website blog which includes the first chapters:

Goodreads link:

Mary, Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions 
  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? Yes, I always have been.
  2. What is your favorite color? blue and primrose
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Born in Bilston, Staffordshire,  grew up in Wolverhampton, and Surrey, UK
  4. What is your favorite football team? Not one of my interests, sorry
  5. Who is your favorite author? Jane Austen
  6. What is your favorite book? Whatever I’m reading at the moment.
  7. What do you do when you are not writing?  I play the piano or read.
  8. Do you have a day job as well? no
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Don’t
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? It’s a gift
  11. Where do you write? In my writing studio
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? Silence
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? Water
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? Having to earn a living whilst finding time to write and rewrite.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? My first book was started at age 7 1/2  I didn’t finish it because my mother destroyed it.
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts?  Colin Firth
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? He would be faintly shocked by the 1000 year gap in our timelines.
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best?  My son does all that now via Amazon amongst others. Previously I always worked directly with my London publishers
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? Of St Bartholomew’s Man? I haven’t had one yet.
  20. What has been the best compliment? I can’t single one out, people have been very kind.
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? It is based on all available facts and a lot of imagination.
  22. How did you come up with the title?  Because its relevant
  23. Will there be a sequel? No
  24. What project are you working on now?  Offa, king of Mercia, and we just finished working on Kindle publishing  ‘Wandering Minstrels’, a romance, printed once before in the 1980’s, conventionally.
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? Do you find the writing / blogging community helpful and supportive?  Amazingly so, even other authors who one technically is in competition with, can be so generous.
  26. Keep calm, you can’t force it..


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  1. Kristy
    Thank you thank you!
    Oh my word you put a lot of effort in there and it looks superb.
    We are both so grateful.
    If you do ever fancy or get time to read it let me know, I’ll send a copy…but only if you promise..
    NOT to review it!! You work too hard.
    And I think I said already, but if I can do anything in return it would be a pleasure!
    best wishes
    Jon and Mary.

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