Local author shortlisted for Amazon’s UK Storyteller Award

By Observer Reporter in Arts

Local author Tony Riches has been named as a shortlisted entrant to Amazon’s first UK Storyteller Award for his novel, ‘Henry – Book Three of the Tudor Trilogy’.

Tony who was born in Pembroke and now resides in Tenby turned to novel writing and wrote ‘Queen Sacrifice’, set in 10th century Wales, followed by ‘The Shell’, a thriller set in present day Kenya, after several successful non-fiction books.

His real interest is in the history of the fifteenth century, and now his focus is on writing historical fiction about the lives of key figures of the period.

Best known for his Tudor Trilogy, Tony’s other international best sellers include ‘Warwick - The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses’ and ‘The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham’.

From thousands of entries, for Amazon’s first UK Storyteller Award - six books have been shortlisted across a range of genres, from non-fiction and crime thriller, to historical fiction and lesbian romance.

The shortlist has been compiled based on a number of factors that reveal customer interest in the titles, shining a light on the independently published books that appeal most to a UK audience.

The winning author will receive a £20,000 cash prize, a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk, access to a mentor and the opportunity to have their book translated.

“I was born in Pembroke within sight of the castle, birthplace of Henry Tudor, so I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Henry’s return to Pembrokeshire with a small army to take the English crown from Richard III,” said Tony of his Tudor Trilogy.

The Kindle Storyteller Award is in its inaugural year and was established to recognise newly published work in the English language across any genre.

The prize was open to all authors who published their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk between February 20 and May 19 2017.

The shortlist will now be brought to a panel of judges who will decide upon the winning book, which will be announced at an exclusive invite-only ceremony at the Ned in London in late July.

Andrew Rosenheim, Chair of Judges, Kindle UK Storyteller Award, said: “It is a remarkably diverse shortlist, ranging from a non-fiction chronicle of one man windsurfing around Britain’s coast to historical fiction that provides an intimate view of a little known king, Henry VII. I look forward to reading all the shortlisted books, though I imagine it will be no easy task to select the winner of this year’s Kindle Storyteller Award.”

For more information visit www.amazon.co.uk/storyteller

You can read more about Tony online at www.tonyriches.co.uk

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