Five Minutes With… @AprilMunday from A Writer's Perspective #Blogging #FiveMinutesWith

Welcome to Five Minutes With… a new feature where I invite bloggers of all genres to tell us a little about themselves and their blogging journey.
April Munday (2)Today’s blogger is April Munday who blogs at A Writer’s Perspective.
Q1: When and why did you start blogging? Which platform do you use?
I started at the end of January 2015 and I use WordPress. I started blogging because I write romance novels set in the fourteenth century and do a lot of reading about what was going on then and how people lived. I thought other people might be interested in what I was finding out.
Q2: What topics/themes do you blog about? Do you ever deviate from that theme?
I write about any aspect of the fourteenth century which interests me or comes up as part of the research I do for my novels set in that period. This can be how people lived; the kind of buildings they lived in; what they ate; what was important to them; and what they did for entertainment.
Originally the blog covered the Regency period, as well, as I was intending to alternate Regency romances with ones set in the fourteenth century, but that meant that I was writing posts about the nineteenth century to coincide with the publication of a novel at the same time as I was writing and reading about the fourteenth century. This became so confusing that I had to stop.
Apart from publicising the releases of novels, I don’t write about anything else.
Q3: Which of your blog posts is your favourite and why do you like this one so much?
The Medieval Floor. It’s not a particularly good post, but it came out of visits to various medieval buildings over the years as well as television programmes I’ve watched about how people lived in the Middle Ages. I’ve visited many cathedrals and seen their medieval tiles and assumed that tiles and stones formed the flooring in all medieval buildings. Then, about ten years ago, I visited the Medieval Merchant’s House in Southampton and the floor in that building was just beaten earth, as it would have been in the fourteenth century. This raised all kinds of questions in my mind about how people really lived then. Wouldn’t the floor just disintegrate when people walked in out of the rain? Wouldn’t it make the house damp or dusty? Why wasn’t the floor covered with tiles or stone? The post is what I’ve found out about floors since then.
I’m still fascinated by medieval floors. When I went to Stokesay Castle in the summer I gasped out loud when I saw that there was a whole room whose floor was covered with medieval tiles. Sadly, the visitor can only see it through glass. As you might expect, floors and their coverings get a mention in most of my novels.
Q4: Do you have a top tip to share for any new bloggers that might be reading?
It’s the best advice that I was given when I started – be patient. It will take people a while to find you and to start commenting.
Q5: What’s your favourite social media platform?
Facebook. It’s the first one I joined and where I feel most comfortable. I’m in a few groups there for bloggers and authors which I enjoy.
Find out more about April by connecting with her via the links below:
Blog Link: A Writer’s Perspective
Facebook: April’s Facebook page
Twitter: April’s Twitter
Instagram: April’s Instagram
Pinterest: April’s Boards
Goodreads: April’s Author Page
Other: April’s Books
About April:
theheirstale-webApril Munday is the author of romances set in the fourteenth century. She lives in Hampshire, where many of her stories are set.  In her head she lives in the fourteenth century, but only in her head; she has learned far too much about life in the Middle Ages to want to live there in reality.  She is inspired by the remnants of the past which are part of her local landscape. Her latest series, The Soldiers of Fortune, is set after the Battle of Poitiers, which changes the lives of four brothers.
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