On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Novelist Cathie Dunn @cathiedunn

Cathie Dunn
Cathie Dunn

It’s my great pleasure today to welcome fellow Crooked Cat author and historical novelist Cathie Dunn to the chaise longue. She’s a versatile writer, who has written about different periods and places in history. She’s also very fond of cats, so Felix is in his element.

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Ten Inspiring Things About #Corsica: Part 2

View across the bay at Ajaccio
View across the Bay of Ajaccio

Here’s part 2 of my post about aspects of Corsica that I find inspiring as a writer. Some of them appear in my novels The House at Zaronza and The Corsican Widow, but all of them are things I want to keep experiencing. In writing this post, I have realised that 10 is far too few. So I’ll just have to keep going.

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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Maria Orsini, Main Character in ‘The House at Zaronza’

 

Saint-Florent, Corsica, the island beloved of Maria
Saint-Florent, Corsica, the island beloved of Maria

Normally, I interview real live people. But today, I thought I’d let one of my characters have her say. So joining me on the chaise longue today for some Corsican vin de myrte (myrtle berry wine) and a bit of bean-spilling is my main character from The House at Zaronza, Maria Orsini.Continue reading “On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Maria Orsini, Main Character in ‘The House at Zaronza’”

Ten Inspiring Things About Corsica: Part 1

Rugged landscape of Corsica

Restricting this to just 10 things has been difficult. Below are five of my favourite Corsican things, places or experiences: find the next five here. They are all part of the landscape/history/culture that inspired my novels The House at Zaronza and The Corsican Widow and will continue to inspire my future writing about Corsica, whether fiction or non-fiction.

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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author Louise Charles @LouCwriter

Author Louise Charles
Author Louise Charles

This week it’s my great pleasure to welcome my virtual friend, author Louise Charles (whose real name is Jo Lamb). Louise is a talented author and founder of ex-pat writing community Writers Abroad. She self-published her historical novel, The Duke’s Shadow, in 2014, which was shortlisted as one of the finest eight novels in the Writers Village International Novel Award in summer 2014. 

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@Writersabroad’s Literary Magazine 2nd Issue Published Today!

WA Mag 2

 

Looking for something good to read? Look no further. The second issue of Writers Abroad’s literary magazine hits the virtual newsstands today. You can read it FREE (see below) and sign up for advance warning of future issues here.Continue reading “@Writersabroad’s Literary Magazine 2nd Issue Published Today!”

Period Pieces: How Much History Should be in Your Fiction?

Mantel - Bring Up the Bodies

A fellow author interviewed me recently for a forthcoming slot on her blog. I won’t spill any beans, except to say that she asked me some thought-provoking questions, one of which was about writing historical fiction, my genre of choice. I gave a concise answer, and I still believe what I said, but have been reflecting on it ever since.

Every genre of writing presents problems to overcome. But reading Hilary Mantel’s novels, among others, has made me reflect on the difficulties of writing historical fiction. I hasten to add I don’t have the answers to the questions I raise below. Continue reading “Period Pieces: How Much History Should be in Your Fiction?”

Guest post: What a lovely picture! What a lovely photograph….

Nancy Jardine
Nancy Jardine

 

Today I’m delighted to welcome the versatile and irrepressible novelist Nancy Jardine to the blog. She’s writing about using images. So, over to you, Nancy.

Images. Who loves to pop them onto a blog or Facebook post? Or use them in advertising material for a new book launch?  Or use them in a book trailer video? Me! I raise my hand without hesitation. I can’t help it – I think it’s the ex-upper-stages-primary teacher in me believing that a visual stimulus can often make a more lasting impact than the written word.Continue reading “Guest post: What a lovely picture! What a lovely photograph….”

On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author @MiriamDrori

 

Miriam Drori
Miriam Drori

A warm welcome to my first victim visitor. Joining me on the chaise longue today is novelist and fellow Crooked Cat Publishing author Miriam Drori. Her début novel Neither Here Nor There was published last year. Thanks for visiting and agreeing to answer my questions, Miriam. Let’s get started.Continue reading “On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author @MiriamDrori”

New Departures

Two bits of news. First, after much dithering, I have finally started the sequel to The House at Zaronza. When I say started, I mean that I have begun to plan it in detail. The actual writing comes a bit later. Continue reading “New Departures”