Scent of Corsica: the Maquis

Rosemary, a typical maquis plant

Can you name some famous Corsicans? There’s the obvious one, Napoleon Bonaparte. Slightly less obvious ones are the singer Tino Rossi, and Pasquale di Paoli, who headed the short-lived independent Corsican republic in the 18th century. But did you know that François Coty, who founded the famous Coty perfume empire, was also Corsican?  Continue reading

History People #10: Katharine Johnson, Inspired by Italy

Author Katharine Johnson

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Katharine Johnson to the History People slot. Lucky Katharine has lived in Italy, which has provided inspiration for her writing and she’s supplied some mouth-watering shots of Italian views and villages below. But I’ll let her tell you about that. Continue reading

Free Literary Mag & a Chance to Win Amazon Vouchers

The 6th edition of Writers Abroad’s literary magazine, The Third Space is published today. It’s completely free and you can read it online on Joomag or download a PDF copy. What’s more, the first person to email us the correct answers to our new literary quiz will win 15 euros of Amazon vouchers. What’s not to like? Continue reading

History People #9: Jennifer C. Wilson, Haunted by Royalty!

Author Jennifer C. WIlson at Holyrood Palace

I’m very excited to welcome my friend and Crooked Cat author Jennifer Wilson as my latest History Person. In advance of the launch of her second novel next week, Jen tells us how she came to be haunted by royal phantoms! Continue reading

My Main Character Has Her Say…

The Corsican landscape Maria loves so much

When you’ve spent months, or even years, with your characters they somehow take on a surprising reality and a life of their own. I felt a bit empty when I typed ‘The End’ to The House at Zaronza since  I had become very fond of my main character, Maria Orsini. Continue reading

Food and Diet in Corsican History

Pigs in the Niolu, Corsica, one of the main sources of meat

Finding out about the daily lives and concerns of your characters is hard, especially when they aren’t famous historical figures. You don’t want to put all the details of food, dress, housing, etc. into your novel, but you still have to provide a convincing social background to the story. Continue reading

History People #8: Tim Taylor Looks at the Boundaries of Historical Fiction

Author Tim ‘T E’ Taylor

Today, I’m delighted to welcome a fellow Crooked Cat author, Tim ‘T E’ Taylor, to the History People slot. He looks at the ways in which history has inspired his novels, and continues to do so. Take it away, Tim. Continue reading