Tag Archives: Historical fiction

The Wilds of Tribal Scotland

Once again, I’m delighted to welcome good friend Nancy Jardin who has exciting news. I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest of her stories set in the wilds of tribal Scotland – even though some of the … Continue reading

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Slow Burners and Book Reviews

It is now November, so I trust you’ll forgive me for talking about Christmas – which reminds me: my good publishers’ SALE is in full swing, and if you’re quick, you’ll catch my two remaining books for £ / $ … Continue reading

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Step Forward Google Earth!

Welcome back, Tim Taylor, fellow Crooked Cat author, who has valiantly risen to my challenge and shares with us how he surmounted the problem of settings in his two excellent historical novels. Hello Jane!  Many thanks for hosting me! I understand … Continue reading

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Inveterate Pantser

I’ve never heard of a pantser before, but I can relate to the problems Rosalind Minett has when she’s writing. So often my characters run away with themselves… but then, it is quite exciting not knowing how your story will eventually get … Continue reading

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Giving The Tower its Moment

… Ghosts – And the Beating Heart of Things. Happy New Year! – and a warm welcome to Crooked Cat author, Jennifer Wilson, who has an original take on our Tower of London as the setting for her debut novel, Kindred Spirits. I … Continue reading

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I am honoured to welcome Vanessa Couchman to my AUTHOR COUNTDOWN today. A freelance writer and author based in France, she runs a copywriting business, and is often asked the question: Where do you find inspiration? Inspiration is the magic key that opens … Continue reading

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Faction or Fiction

What an interesting piece this is, by an author I have admired since meeting her on Authonomy several years ago! Please meet Margaret Callow, who has recently signed a multi-book deal for her historical novels with publisher Holland House Books. There … Continue reading

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Writing In Different Genres

The word “genre” was never in my vocabulary before I tried to sell BREATH OF AFRICA to agents and publishers. I am now aware that it provides a convenient means of categorising the misty art of writing books, so that … Continue reading

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Tagging Historical Fiction Authors

In the latest game of tag for historical fiction authors on the blogosphere, we introduce the main character of our work in progress or soon to be published novel. Just to be different, I’ve decided to talk about the main … Continue reading

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Other Worlds Through Other Eyes

I am privileged to host a valued friend and distinguished Historian Dr. Mark Patton, today.  An erudite academic, Mark presents an intriguing insight into the machinations of writing a historical novel. Voice and Setting in Historical Fiction. As a writer of … Continue reading

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