Category Archives: Writing

Book Reviews: Alison Morton’s Roma Nova

When Alison Morton asked me to take a look at her new book, Insurrectio, a few months ago, my first reaction was guilt because I’d been meaning to read her previous four books for ages. Like the rest of us, … Continue reading

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What Do I Look For in a Book Cover?

I had a thought the other day when putting out my blog on Historical Fiction Covers for March. And yes, contrary to insidious rumour, I do occasionally have thoughts of my own. Anyway, I thought it would be interesting – … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy

Saxon England is a period of which I am particularly fond and thus I was very pleased to find a new author writing about it. The Serpent Sword is an excellent debut from Matthew Harffy  – a writer I expect to … Continue reading

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The Harrogate Interview

I was delighted to be interviewed for the Review whilst I was at the fantastic Harrogate History Festival last month and I very much enjoyed talking to Sharon Bennett Connolly and Jayne Smith. You can find the interview at The … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Book Covers for Historical Fiction

Currently, the last few tweaks are being made to the paperback cover for The Last Shroud, so covers are in my mind at the moment. Cover design is an important part of the publishing process and so – like most … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction & Meaning

I’m a guest today on the Layered Pages blog, doing an interview with the fantastic Stephanie Hopkins. Find it at: http://ow.ly/Phrjx

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A Funny Thing Happened at Foyles – I Came Out!

I’ve been busy of late, polishing up the first draft of The Last Shroud ready for the editor, doing some last minute research and also engaging in a fair bit of walking in Dorset and Yorkshire. Still, amongst all those … Continue reading

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Tripwires of the Past – the Threads of History I found in Barnet

A favourite metaphor of mine when describing the changing story of our past is the idea of a tapestry – the woven word if you like. But it’s become clear to me, especially as I continue to carry out research … Continue reading

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Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn – a Review

There are so many excellent writers around today that I’m never surprised when I discover another one. I was unfamiliar with Kate’s work until I read the fabulous A Day of Fire – a Novel of Pompeii. I loved her … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction Is A Dangerous Business…

I am a writer of historical fiction – there I’ve said it and I know that in doing so I’m asking for trouble. Why? Because historical fiction is a dangerous business. I should have written crime… or fantasy… or even … Continue reading

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