Tag: historical fiction

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Turning over a new leaf

It’s early September, and after the cold wet summer we’ve had here in the UK it feels like a relief to slide into autumn. No more blighted hopes of sunshine; no more arts festivals spent cowering under a gazebo in a monsoon; no more endlessly arranging and re-arranging family garden […]

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The glamour of a writer’s life

Saturday 7 August. Venue? St James the Great churchyard, Colwall, Herefordshire. Occasion? 9.00 am, the opening Saturday of the inaugural Colwall Arts festival, that prestigious and long-awaited new cultural blockbuster of the Malvern Hills. My first ever live marketing event. Me? Lone writer with tiny gazebo among 30 other artists […]

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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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Doing it on the radio

Being terminally cheeky, I recently wrote to BBC Radio Somerset to solicit a mention for my locally-set novel, The Governor’s Man. The lovely Charlie Taylor graciously offered me a live interview on his evening show on 12 July. Sadly, on the day he was pinged and had to go into […]

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The world turns …

It’s exactly seven years ago today that my first ever short story was published, by an online magazine. The tax bill wasn’t an issue, as I was paid the princely sum of $3. But still, it was my first ever earnings from writing, and felt like a watershed. If I […]

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No such thing as too many books

I’m a great fan of ebooks. The arrival of my first Kindle back in umpty-dum meant my former heart-breaking policy of one-in, one-out no longer applied to books. And no more sucking of teeth and silly questions from Him Indoors whenever we moved house. Like “Do you really want to […]

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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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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 […]