Today it’s my turn to interview a character in the Historical Writers’ Forum “Interview my Character” blog hop. This event has been going on throughout June and will continue through July. I have the great good fortune to be interviewing Wimer, a real-life character who had an interesting – if turbulent – career during the 12th century. He is the main character in Nicky Moxey’s Sheriff and Priest. You can read my review of the book beneath this interview.
And there’s a giveaway! The author has kindly offered a paperback copy of Sheriff and Priest to a UK winner, or an ebook to a winner elsewhere in the world. To enter, simply leave a comment below this post or on the post about this interview on the Facebook page. The draw will be made on 28th June. Good luck!
Did 18th-century Corsicans eat potatoes? Fellow Ocelot Press author Jennifer C. Wilson kindly invited me to her Sunday Sojourn slot today, in which I talk about food in fiction and how I found out what Corsicans did eat, for my latest novel.
Morning all! Today, I’m delighted to welcome back to the blog Vanessa Couchman, to tell us about something very close to my heart – food! Over to you Vanessa!
Thank you for inviting me to your Sunday Sojourn, Jennifer. It’s always a pleasure to be here.
Food in fiction
The Corsican Widow, released recently, is my latest novel in the Tales of Corsica series. It’s set on the Mediterranean island of Corsica and in Marseilles during the mid/late 18th century. This was a time of great turbulence for Corsica, which was owned then by the city state of Genoa. The Corsicans struggled for independence and set up their own republic, but this was doomed to failure when the Genoese sold the island to the French in 1768.
I needed to do a lot of background research to find out how Corsican people lived during that period. What sort…
Originally posted on Kate Braithwaite: Last week Vanessa Couchman’s latest novel The Corsican Widow was released and I’ve been lucky to have the chance to ask Vanessa some questions about her new book and writing in general. Corsica, 1755. Can…
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 →
Happy Sunday everyone! So, who is giving NaNoWriMo a go? One idea I heard at the last North Tyneside Writers’ Circle was that, if you don’t fancy giving a novel a go, you can try drafting a short story each day. With that in mind, my guest today is the lovely Vanessa Couchman, to tell us about her new collection of short stories, inspired by France. I’ll be reviewing this soon, but for now, it’s over to Vanessa, to tell us about the collection…
Stories Inspired by France
Thank you for inviting me again to your Sunday Sojourn spot, Jen.
France remains the world’s most popular tourist destination, with a staggering 82.6 million visitors in 2016. This is well ahead of the next-most popular countries, the U.S., China, Spain and Italy. It’s hardly surprising. France boasts wonderful and varied scenery, magnificent châteaux, picturesque towns and villages, stunning art and…
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 →