In this second part of the interview we ask Dr. Vee the creator of The Rose of Buckingham Palace for more insight regarding the series which is starting in May 2017. The Rose of Buckingham Palace is the story of princess Diana told through a fictional character Freddie Butler, a teenage butler.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
This is the first work I'm writing entirely in English. I didn't have the courage to do it in the past as I always thought my English wasn't good enough but I'm getting help from the team especially editor Obi. I've also researched into diverse cultural backgrounds to ensure that my characters behave in natural and believable way appropriate to their profile. As this is my first self-produced comics it is probably the first work that I have full control of. I'm aiming to create something that will create positive impact to my readers regardless of profit.
What is the hardest thing about writing this work?
I think it is deciding where to draw the line in employing poetic license. There are reported historical events and I try as much as possible to stick to what actually happened and that is why I prefer to watch video footages than reading articles, but at the same time I have to attach personalities to the characters based on real historical figures. I am aiming to show the human side of each character, that they are neither good nor bad.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I have written one within 6 months in the past, but it will take 12 months for the first volume of The Rose of Buckingham Palace to be published. It took me exactly 1 month to write the plots for 12 episodes.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I would prefer paper book any day. I've bought an expensive ebook reader but I ended up not using it after the first few weeks of attempt as I always forget to charge. Besides, I like to be able to quickly flip back to previous scenes to recap on what I've read, and paper is more eye-friendly. The only downside is it's expensive to order online and I don't always find the books I want in stores.
In what formats is The Rose of Buckingham Palace available?
It will be run first on a digital platform Patreon as monthly series starting in May 2017, and the first volume will be available as ebook and paperback the following year. The pilot one shot manga that inspired the series can be read in the Manga Big Bang! Prototype book.