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

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 beenContinue reading “Period Pieces: How Much History Should be in Your Fiction?”

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

  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 bookContinue reading “Guest post: What a lovely picture! What a lovely photograph….”

On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author @MiriamDrori

  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.

Why Corsica Should be a Happy Hunting Ground for Authors

I went to a very interesting talk at the Parisot Literary Festival in October 2013 by former journalist and think-tank head Martin Walker. It was about why France is a happy hunting ground for authors. Martin should know: he has written a successful series of novels set in the Dordogne about Bruno, an engaging localContinue reading “Why Corsica Should be a Happy Hunting Ground for Authors”

Milestones or millstones? Or how to stop beating yourself up when your writing goals elude you

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I invariably break them before January is over. And there’s something about these worthy tablets of stone that kills one’s enthusiasm even before they are fully formulated. For a few years, I faithfully used to set out my writing goals for the year. I even tried to make themContinue reading “Milestones or millstones? Or how to stop beating yourself up when your writing goals elude you”

Indie Authors Appreciation Week Starts Friday 9th January

The dynamic author Carmilla Voiez (does she ever sleep?) has organised a great event, starting this Friday, 9th January. Indie Authors Appreciation Week brings together 60 authors on Facebook to meet new readers and old friends. During the week-long event, each author has a one-hour timed slot to present their books, provide excerpts and runContinue reading “Indie Authors Appreciation Week Starts Friday 9th January”

A Corsican Christmas in Times Past

I live in southwest France but I’m very attached to the island of Corsica and fascinated by its culture and customs. My historical novel The House at Zaronza takes place mostly on Corsica during the early 20th century. The main character, Maria, goes to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve with her parents. How did CorsicansContinue reading “A Corsican Christmas in Times Past”

Corsica, Setting for THE HOUSE AT ZARONZA, a Top Destination

Have you been to Corsica? No? Then get there fast: National Geographic Traveler Magazine recently put Corsica in the no. 1 spot out of its top 20 chosen destinations for 2015. I’m not surprised. The island has everything: a wonderful landscape with azure seas, jagged mountains and perched hilltop villages, a fascinating culture and a turbulentContinue reading “Corsica, Setting for THE HOUSE AT ZARONZA, a Top Destination”

Christmas with the Crooked Cats

Crooked Cat Publishing authors are running a Christmas promotion on Facebook starting on Saturday 29th November and continuing until Friday 9th January. During that time, we’ll be posting on our blogs/websites and in the Facebook group. You can read stories, poems, non-fiction pieces, jokes, etc. – all with a Yuletide theme, some light-hearted, some a little moreContinue reading “Christmas with the Crooked Cats”