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Another “spirited” title joins Jennifer C. Wilson’s Kindred Spirits series

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It’s always a pleasure to welcome my friend and fellow author Jennifer C. Wilson to the blog. Jen specialises in writing “historical fiction with spirit” that speculates on what’s happened to the ghosts of well-known historical figures since their own era. She’s about to launch an addition to the Kindred Spirits series, in which the ghosts are based in famous historic places. This time it’s York. I’ll let her tell you more about it.

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Alternative Endings & Unanswered Questions: Guest Post by Sue Barnard

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A few months ago, Alison Morton was my guest, talking about alternate history. Today I’m very pleased to welcome back my friend, author Sue Barnard, who’s talking today about alternative endings to famous stories. Her latest novel, Heathcliff, was published yesterday and it’s a great read. I know, because I had a sneak peek a while ago. Tell us about your inspiration, Sue.

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Murder and Mayhem in la France Profonde: Angela Wren’s Merle

A street in Mende, the French town which features in Merle

It gives me great pleasure to welcome author Angela Wren to the blog today. Angela is a Francophile and writes a series of detective novels set in the Cévennes, featuring investigator Jacques Forêt. Merle, the latest in the series, is published on 5th July by Crooked Cat Books.

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History People #6: Carol Maginn, Lured by History

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Author Carol Maginn

Next up in my series about people who write historical fiction is Carol Maginn, who shares with us her journey into history and its influence on her writing. She also tells us how she avoids the pitfalls of historical research – and I know from my own experience what those are!

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History People #3: Cathie Dunn, a Medieval History Fan

Historical novelist Cathie Dunn
Historical novelist Cathie Dunn

I’m delighted to welcome back author Cathie Dunn to the blog today, who continues my series about writers of historical fiction.

Thank you, Vanessa, for hosting me today. I love talking about history and research, and I’m grateful for the offer to do so again.

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BLUESTOCKINGS: The Victorian Campaign for Female Education – Guest post by @carolJhedges

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Bedford College plaque

 

Today’s guest on the chaise longue is novelist Carol Hedges. She’s written a number of very successful books, the latest of which are Victorian crime thrillers. A passionate environmental campaigner and devoted grandmother, Carol is also noted for her clever wit and punning Tweets. And she always has something interesting to say. Here she is on women’s education – a subject close to my own heart.

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Unrequited Love: Guest Post by Jeff Gardiner

Author Jeff Gardiner
Author Jeff Gardiner

It’s my great pleasure today to welcome to the chaise longue a man who wears many hats. Jeff Gardiner is a writer of short stories, novels and non-fiction works. He’s also an editor and performer.

His novels have been published by Crooked Cat Publishing and by Tirgearr Publishing. Jeff published Treading on Dreams with the latter last year, which deals with romantic rejection, the subject of Jeff’s post today. He’s included an excerpt to whet your appetite.  

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The Role of the Editor: Guest Post by Sue Barnard

Author and editor, Sue Barnard
Author and editor, Sue Barnard

I’m delighted to welcome my friend and fellow Crooked Cat author, Sue Barnard, to the chaise longue this week. Not only is Sue an author in her own right, but she’s also an editor. More precisely, she is my editor. And a cracking job she did, too, of The House at Zaronza. She saved me from many a howler and smartened up my prose no end. 

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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.

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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.