Happy Birthday, Zaronza! Win a Signed Copy to Celebrate

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My first novel, The House at Zaronza, is four years old and to celebrate I have one signed paperback copy to award to a lucky winner. Read on to find out how to enter. Continue reading

Feature: French flavour with Vanessa Couchman

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.

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Historical fiction with a French flavour (1)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 Cover MEDIUM WEBThe 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…

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History People: Nicola Slade, History and Mysteries

 

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Nicola Slade

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

Sunday Sojourn – The French Collection

Jennifer C. Wilson kindly invited me to her blog today to talk about how France has inspired my new collection of short stories, French Collection.

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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…

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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…

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

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Margaret Skea

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