History People: Kate Braithwaite, Writing Historical Crime

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I’m delighted to welcome today an author who is very much a writer after my own heart. Kate Braithwaite likes to write novels that take real historical events as their starting point and have an unsolved mystery at the centre. This has taken her from Louis XIV’s France to Charles II’s England – and then to 1880s New York. These are just the sort of books I love to read, so you’re in for a treat. Continue reading

History People: Nancy Jardine and Real Historical Figures

A big welcome to Nancy Jardine, a great author and a specialist on Roman Britain. She raises a familiar dilemma for historical novelists: how do you get plausibly into the mind of someone who lived two thousand years ago? What sort of guesswork do you have to do? And what contemporary sources can you rely on – or not? Let’s hear it from Nancy.

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History People:  Sue Barnard, Writing the Book You Want to Read

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It’s always a pleasure to welcome my friend and fellow author Sue Barnard onto the blog. She tells us how the advice to “write the book you want to read” led her into historical fiction. I’ve had a sneak peek at Sue’s latest book, Heathcliff (more about it below), and so I know you’re in for a treat when it’s published. Continue reading

History People: Alison Morton, a Self-Confessed Roman Nut

 

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Author Alison Morton

Have you ever asked yourself, “What if…?” What if Harold hadn’t lost at Hastings, what if Richard III hadn’t been killed on Bosworth Field, what if Hitler had been a better military strategist? Today, I’m thrilled to welcome an author who asked herself the “what if” question and came up with a terrific series of novels set in a 21st-century Roman society. Alison Morton is a leading light in the Historical Novel Society and packs more into a day than most of us do into a month. She tells us about her passion for ancient Rome and where it has led her. Take it away, Alison… Continue reading

History People: Nicola Slade, History and Mysteries

 

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It’s a great pleasure to welcome Nicola Slade to the blog today, especially as she has also written a “The House At…” novel! The House at Ladywell was published a couple of days ago and combines historical and romantic fiction. Nicola is a prolific author whose previous books have mostly been historical mysteries. Let’s find out how she got into writing them. Continue reading

History People: Margaret Skea, writing about what you don’t know

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I’m delighted to welcome historical novelist, Margaret Skea, to the blog today. She tells us how she started writing historical fiction – and suggests that it can be a good idea to challenge the rules and write about what you don’t know. You’ll also find a riveting extract from her latest novel, Katharina: Deliverance, about the wife of the Reformation-instigator, Martin Luther. Continue reading

History People: John Jackson, inspired by his family tree

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Author John Jackson

I’m pleased to welcome to the blog today someone who moves in the most elevated circles – the Historical Novel Society and the Romantic Novelists Association. John Jackson is launching his first historical novel, Heart of Stone, today. He tells us how he became a writer and how his own family tree provided some colourful characters to write about. Take it away, John. Continue reading