#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

News and Plans for 2018

This post is a little later than I intended owing to being away over Christmas, domestic interruptions (fridge delivery, Virgin cutting off our internet), other things needing attention (tax return) and time-management issues. Writing news In 2017 I started submitting short stories to competitions and devoted regular mornings to writing (and editing) them. Earlier this … More News and Plans for 2018

The Christmas Spirit

Around this time of year, in this small, damp, dark corner of Europe (just about), the ‘Christmas spirit’ is well and truly in the air. We (Britain/England/United Kingdom) are still a Christian country at heart, dare I say. One can’t go out without a backdrop of Christmas carols and everywhere there seem to be Christian … More The Christmas Spirit

#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

Review of THE MISSING TWIN by Alex Day via @alexdaywriter

Publisher: Killer Reads (HarperCollins imprint) Author: Alex Day Date published: August 2017 Format of book read: e-book. Thanks to the publisher for my copy, via Netgalley. With each chapter of The Missing Twin I became more and more engaged, wondering what on earth was going on and just how the two protagonists might overcome their ever-worsening difficulties. The … More Review of THE MISSING TWIN by Alex Day via @alexdaywriter

Q&A with author Judith Baker

My latest interview victim is Judith Baker, who writes domestic noir/psychological thrillers under the name J.A. Baker, published by Bloodhound Books. Ms Baker forthrightly answers my questions on finding time to write, tackling difficult subjects, genre issues and the stresses and conflicts of being a writer. Apologies Judith for the somewhat delayed appearance of this … More Q&A with author Judith Baker

#Bookreview The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Publication Date: 2017 Device: iPhone; mostly listened to audiobook Blurb: EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A ROANOKE GIRL. BUT YOU WON’T WHEN YOU KNOW THE TRUTH. ‘Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.’ The girls of the Roanoke family – beautiful, rich, mysterious … More #Bookreview The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel