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Being a mongrel writer

There’s been a fair amount of recent chatter among the literati, critics, readers and even as far down the food chain as my kind of commercial “tell-’em-a-story” writer, about the purposes of fiction and particularly about historical fiction. Is it the job of historical fiction authors to hold up as […]

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Book review: Cecily

Like all of us, I suppose, I was prepared to wave goodbye to a lacklustre summer, one of rather too much cold wet weather and not enough certainty about how to stay safe from the predations of Covid. Having seen the first glimpses of the autumn now upon us — […]

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Reviews of The Governor’s Man

Reader’s comments on Amazon: “The Governor’s Man is an excellent read – but be warned, you won’t want to put it down until the end!” – Lynn J  “An enthralling story, beautifully written.” – M E Holley “it’s a stay-up-all-night fab read. Where’s the next!” – PNicholasR “The historical detail […]

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Mixed messages

It’s been a very busy week. In between working with Shika Finnemore, my design and marketing guru, to whip this blog site into better shape, I’ve kept busy with social media and preparing a guest author interview with Mary Anne Yarde of the Coffee Pot Book Club. I’m really excited […]

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At The Writing Desk

If you love Tudor historical fiction you’ll need no introduction to the books of Tony Riches. But you may not know that he is also a very popular blogger, with over a million visitors and counting. So you can imagine how delighted I was when Tony asked me to be […]

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A long Roman road

The Governor’s Man, published in May 2021 by Sharpe Books. In my last blog in April, I described my emotions on securing publication for a novel that had taken years, on and off, to write. Since then I’ve been grappling with how it feels to be published, and marvelling at […]

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The Governor’s Man heads for Britannia

Last time, I was bewailing my lack of progress in getting my Roman mystery novel The Governor’s Man noticed by anyone with publishing intentions. Today I feel like Alice down the rabbit hole. Everything Has Changed. In less than two weeks from first query, I have signed a contract with […]

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Book review: Dear Lina

It’s a snowy Saturday morning at the end of January 2021. Despite the ongoing pandemic, with the Government’s apocryphal “light at the end of the tunnel” dim and far-off, I’m celebrating today. Firstly because I have a new follower on this blog (welcome Chris of Chris Green Reads! ); secondly […]