Tag: Roman

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Researching Roman Britain

The most recent 5* review on Amazon for my RomanoBritish mystery, The Governor’s Man, opens with: “If you thought nothing much happened in Britain between the Roman conquest and the arrival of the Saxons, then think again! Rebellion, corruption, murder, Brits attempting to take back control from Rome.” The reviewer […]

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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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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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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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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 […]