Julie Anne Gates


My name is Julie Anne Gates and I have a very special interest in history, particularly medieval. I live in Horsham, West Sussex, and not far from me is the site where Bramber Castle once stood - there is not a lot of it left but I felt compelled to revisit it, and eventually I wrote Storms and Shadows about the life of the de Braose's. I have two lovely children, Natalie and Matthew, who are now teenagers and studying hard to peruse their own individual careers.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I live near Bramber castle in West Sussex and became, shall I say obsessed, with the de Braose family who owned it along with many other castles in the Welsh marches during the medieval period and, particularly during the reign of king John. In effect, the rise and fall of the family struck a cord in my heart and I was frequently found plodding what is left of the old motte and bailey. As for what motivated me to become an author it was the overwhelming feeling that the story would not stop haunting me until it had been told in my own words through the eyes of the character Ailith, central to the unfolding of the story, and possessed of her own insights.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been an invaluable platform enabling me to pursue my creativity and publish my novel with success. Smashwords offers channels by which an author, like myself, can reach the public independently. The reader becomes the novels greatest critique, and therefore, the most valuable and important commodity behind the author's success. Thank you Smashwords!
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Storms and Shadows
Price: $3.75 USD. Words: 95,710. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
The novel follows the fortunes of the de Braose family and their relationship with King John. Responsible for the Abergavenny massacre, William de Braose is hated and despised by the Welsh. Things escalate when a maid, Ailith, joins the family as Matilda de Braose's maid. Troubled with visions of the future Ailith realizes that Matilda has a destiny that is darkly entwined with King John'

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