Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek

I love Cornwall. Have you gotten that yet? It just feels like I have that place in the blood (and I can claim some Cornish ancestors), so any book that's based there holds quite the draw for me. And with the re-doing of Poldark there's quite a few who are enthralled by stories from that [...]

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A hard road… Prue Batten guest posts

One of the best but potentially the most frustrating things about writing historical fiction is research. In my case, within the twelfth century, I am continually learning but I also have to make extensive executive decisions along the way. Academics disagree – it’s the fundamental core of academia, I suppose, that no academic will spontaneously support another’s view on a historical fact.

3rd novel Fool Me Twice – a Georgian romance – to be published!

I'm so pleased to announce that my 3rd novel Fool Me Twice is now under contract with Madison Street Publishing and should be emerging into the public light by the end of 2016!   I signed the contract last week and am really looking forward to the publishing journey again. Now the fun begins, the [...]

A Faithful Confidant…

That is, I believe, a just description of Peter Highsmith. No title to bear his name high, but a fortune large enough to compliment any young woman who would bear his name herself, Highsmith is a very amiable gentleman. He has an attractive masculine frame and a pleasant manner which has led to more than [...]

A University Friend…

When I began writing (now I have mentioned this before but bear with me), I have to be honest, my hero and heroine were the characters I concerned myself most with and to be honest, the ones I liked the most. As I’ve continued to write however, I have found my peripheral characters become far [...]

An Impetuous Heroine…

As promised, I am here again to introduce you to my heroine. I know, I'm as surprised as you, my blogging habits are shockingly irregular normally, but this perhaps shows you of my anticipation surrounding The Unexpected Earl coming out on the 20th of September. So, who is the impetuous heroine who I've been going on [...]

An Unexpected Hero…

Well, being as my second novel is due to come out in just a little over a month I thought it was high time I started to introduce you properly to some of my characters. I know I've put excerpts up here before, but the truth is, characters are peculiar things to an author and [...]

Marie Antoinette: Queen of French Fashion

I am delighted to welcome Ginger Myrick onto my blog for a guest post and excerpt from her latest historical fiction novel exploring the life of the enigmatic Maria Antoinette - enjoy:   Marie Antoinette was perhaps most iconically known for her sense of style. Although many of the ideas of French fashion we associate with [...]

Rosanne E. Lortz writes on ‘Switching Time Periods: Some Considerations for HF Authors’

L. P. Hartley wrote: "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” This, as every historical novelist will tell you, is true. But perhaps it is an oversimplification. Perhaps the past is not just one foreign country, but several. Is the process for writing historical fiction the same regardless of the era [...]

RONE Awards – My Book is up for Public Voting!!!

My debut novel The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), has been nominated for the RONE Book Award for excellence in post medieval historical fiction and it is now up for public voting which you can do here! (I will only be posting about this once 🙂 ) What's the RONE Award: In a pre-publication [...]