Garden Palace: Turning historical mystery into urban fantasy via @PatriciaLeslieA

Today’s guest author, Patricia Leslie, was inspired by an unsolved real-life mystery – the origin of the huge fire which destroyed an impressive and important building in 19th century Sydney, Australia. Here’s the intriguing story of how Ms Leslie’s second novel Keeper of the Way (Crossing The Line, book one) came into being. It’s due … More Garden Palace: Turning historical mystery into urban fantasy via @PatriciaLeslieA

#Guest Post by Maggie Ritchie: Researching historical novels set in Paris and Africa @MallonRitchie

Today I welcome award-winning author and journalist Maggie Ritchie to my blog. Ms Ritchie reveals what she did to research her two novels, from checking out galleries and pavement cafes in Paris – hard work indeed! – to studying witch doctors.  Research is one of the great joys of writing an historical novel. When I wrote my … More #Guest Post by Maggie Ritchie: Researching historical novels set in Paris and Africa @MallonRitchie

#guestpost by Clare Harvey: Rediscovering war artist Dame Laura Knight via @clareharveyauth

Historical fiction author Clare Harvey guests on my blog today. She discusses how she incorporated both reality and her imagination when creating a ‘real-life’ character in her latest book, The Night Raid (renowned artist Dame Laura Knight). Let’s hope Ms Harvey doesn’t hear from any disgruntled readers this time! It was a slap in the face. After dozens of four … More #guestpost by Clare Harvey: Rediscovering war artist Dame Laura Knight via @clareharveyauth

Ethical Dilemmas in Novel Writing via @Laura_E_James @ChocLituk #writing

Have you ever been uncertain about whether you should include something in a novel or story that might adversely affect readers (e.g. sex abuse, drug-taking or self-harm) – or how to tackle a particularly sensitive topic? I certainly have when dealing with both sex and terrorism, wondering whether I should exclude certain details that although authentic may be disturbing for some. As a reader, have … More Ethical Dilemmas in Novel Writing via @Laura_E_James @ChocLituk #writing

Writing and Living: How I Do It #guestpost #amwriting #writerslife

This week my guest is author Louise Walters, who shares how she finds time to write, edit and publish while looking after her 5(!!) children. Hats off to Louise. I am impressed, and vow to stop watching any more addictive TV crime dramas or twisty thrillers. Soon.  Given this is a subject close to my heart, I … More Writing and Living: How I Do It #guestpost #amwriting #writerslife

Guest Post: Read what you want to read without pride or prejudice @SueF_Writer #Romance

Back from France, briefly, before heading off to Canada for a ‘proper’ holiday. Though it wasn’t always easy, I managed to survive a whole week alone in a big old house in France that my husband spent a decade making liveable. (More on that to come on the blog later.) In the meantime, here’s the … More Guest Post: Read what you want to read without pride or prejudice @SueF_Writer #Romance

Guest Post: Linda MacDonald on Writing Bullies, Stalkers, Narcissists and Manic Depressives via @LindaMac1

The latest author to take over my blog is Linda MacDonald, who tackles questions on the psychological themes that appear in her novels. All your novels have themes related to psychology running through them. Could you tell us a little bit about them? My early education was spent at a boys’ prep school. At the age … More Guest Post: Linda MacDonald on Writing Bullies, Stalkers, Narcissists and Manic Depressives via @LindaMac1