Fictional Versus Real Settings in Novels

A sense of place in fiction is very important to me, both in my own work and in the novels I read. Some of my favourite authors, such as Hannah Kent, Helen Dunmore and Tracy Chevalier, excel at weaving the setting seamlessly into the story. Novels are about people, of course, but they are theContinue reading “Fictional Versus Real Settings in Novels”

‘The Corsican Widow’ taking part in an autumn giveaway

Have you read The Corsican Widow yet? If not, for a limited time, you can enter this autumn giveaway to win the book plus 25+ other Book Club Fiction novels from a great collection of authors, including Patricia Sands, Kate Braithwaite and Laura Bradbury. In this contest organised by BookSweeps, there’s also a chance toContinue reading “‘The Corsican Widow’ taking part in an autumn giveaway”

‘The Corsican Widow’ reduced for a short time

  My second novel in the Tales of Corsica series, The Corsican Widow, is taking part in an Amazon Kindle Countdown deal today and over the weekend. *Please note that this applies only to the US and UK Kindle stores.* It will remain at the full price in other Kindle stores. The countdown starts todayContinue reading “‘The Corsican Widow’ reduced for a short time”

Of Mountains and Men: How Corsica’s Landscape Shaped its History

Corsica’s terrain is a feature that has had a significant influence on its history and culture. The island is one big mountain range that rises 2,706 metres from the sea at its highest point, Monte Cinto. These are comparatively young, jagged mountains, not yet rounded by erosion.

Iconic Corsican Places: the Church of San Michele, Murato

Open any guidebook about Corsica and you’re likely to come across a picture of this exquisite Romanesque church in Murato. Prosper Mérimée, who was Inspector of Public Monuments, said in 1839 that it was “the most elegant and the most attractive church he had come across on Corsica.” We visited the site in 2014 andContinue reading “Iconic Corsican Places: the Church of San Michele, Murato”

Iconic #Corsican Places: the Paoline Tower, #Nonza

It’s no secret that I’m a Corsicaphile. I’ve visited six times (not nearly enough!) and never cease to be inspired by its history, culture and landscapes. This is the first in a series of posts about inspiring places on the island. Some of them appear in my books; others don’t yet. I’m starting with aContinue reading “Iconic #Corsican Places: the Paoline Tower, #Nonza”

An Excerpt from ‘The Corsican Widow’

With less than two weeks to go before the publication of the second novel in my Tales of Corsica series, here’s an excerpt from the beginning of The Corsican Widow. Set in mid/late 18th-century Corsica and Marseille, the novel concerns a young Corsican woman, Valeria Peretti, who must marry a wealthy widower she does notContinue reading “An Excerpt from ‘The Corsican Widow’”

5 Facts You Might not Know About Corsica

Corsica, that captivating, mountainous island in the Mediterranean, conceals many mysteries. It has a fascinating culture and a turbulent history. Here are some facts about the island that you might not know.