Annelisa ChristensenCountry: United Kingdom
BiographyApart from a magical realism series of seven books I haven't yet brought to publishing, my debut historical fiction novel, The Popish Midwife was published July 2016.
The Popish Midwife was a labour of love. I immersed myself in written court manuscripts, books, letters, broadsheets and session/parish records written at the time of The Popish Plot (1678-81) and after, to saturate myself with how it must've been to live and talk as Elizabeth Cellier, the real-life heroine of the novel.
I discovered Cellier when I won a 300 year-old piece of unbound book - one of her trials - at an auction, and fell in love with her as a bold and outspoken woman. Some deep research revealed her to be famous in three areas: The Popish Plot, as an author and as a forward-thinking royal midwife, all of which tended to be kept separate. Putting it altogether, I quickly realised there was a heck of a story here waiting to be told, a story people would love to know. So, I wrote it.
As well as 5-star ratings, The Popish Midwife received the Bronze Award for Christian Historical Fiction in The Readers' Favorite 2017 International Book Awards.
While writing Cellier's story, I came across several other 17th century midwives, who's story I have to tell. The French Midwife is next.
I've also re-ignited my love for story Rhymes for all ages with A-Z Monsters (not) For Bed released August 2017. Humorous, thoughtful, poignant... they have been described as 'chucklesome gore from start to finish'. This will be the first in this series.