Giving just enough background knowledge

I’ve just started the third novel in my series The Lost King which tells the story of the boy who was proclaimed king in 1066 and lost his throne to William the Conqueror.

I am currently grappling with the problem of starting the story with sufficient background for any new reader who happens to find this book before the earlier ones.  At the same time, I need to remind readers of the series about what has happened so far.  The challenge is to do this without boring them or writing things which they well remember and don’t need to be emphasised.

I’ve hit on one notion which seems to be working.  However, I need to take a long hard look at this and make sure that it works exactly how I want for all the purposes I need.

The life of a writer is never dull.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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