Boniface (Alexander Boniface)

Behind every book I write, and woven into every story, is a mix of ideas and influences. These posts give some background behind the Boniface series.

When I was writing Tattoo Your Name on My Heart, I had a need for a minor character—a guitarist who plays in the fictional rock band Prickle. Luca Parzani is that character. In crafting Luca, I took inspiration from real life.

last updated: 10 April 2018;  category: background  tags: Tattoo Your Name on My Heart  UFO  guitar 

In 2010, when I first started outlining The Murder of Henry VIII, I had an idea for a 500-year-old conspiracy theory about the murder of Henry VIII. The notion of the Russians trying to influence an election just didn’t seem that much of a stretch. The scenario …

last updated: 13 February 2018;  category: politics  tags: The Murder of Henry VIII  Westphalian Settlement  ricin  cold war  Bulgaria 

In Pollute the Poor Boniface plays Sylvia, a tune from 1972 by the Dutch prog rock band Focus. The track is an instrumental with a strong, quite joyful melody, but there’s a mournful undercurrent. It’s one of those tunes that speaks without using …

last updated: 11 July 2017;  category: music  tags: Focus  Sylvia  Pollute the Poor