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. Continue reading

Scent of Corsica: the Maquis

Rosemary, a typical maquis plant

Can you name some famous Corsicans? There’s the obvious one, Napoleon Bonaparte. Slightly less obvious ones are the singer Tino Rossi, and Pasquale di Paoli, who headed the short-lived independent Corsican republic in the 18th century. But did you know that François Coty, who founded the famous Coty perfume empire, was also Corsican?  Continue reading

History People #9: Jennifer C. Wilson, Haunted by Royalty!

Author Jennifer C. WIlson at Holyrood Palace

I’m very excited to welcome my friend and Crooked Cat author Jennifer Wilson as my latest History Person. In advance of the launch of her second novel next week, Jen tells us how she came to be haunted by royal phantoms! Continue reading

History People #8: Tim Taylor Looks at the Boundaries of Historical Fiction

Author Tim ‘T E’ Taylor

Today, I’m delighted to welcome a fellow Crooked Cat author, Tim ‘T E’ Taylor, to the History People slot. He looks at the ways in which history has inspired his novels, and continues to do so. Take it away, Tim. Continue reading

History People # 7: Jane Bwye asks “What is History?”

 

Author Jane Bwye

It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome an old friend, Jane Bwye, to the blog today. This is a special day for Jane. Grass Shoots, the sequel to her bestselling novel Breath of Africa, set in Kenya, launches today. I’m helping with her launch party on Facebook – and you can win some terrific prizes. Jane poses the big question, “What is history?” Continue reading

History People #5: Sue Barnard, Random and Retrospective?

Author Sue Barnard

Author Sue Barnard

Sue Barnard is not only a friend and fellow Crooked Cat author, but she’s also my editor! Today, she’s here with her author hat on, though, to tell us about her approach to the history she includes in her own books. Take it away, Sue. Continue reading

History People #4: Nancy Jardine, fascinated by Roman Britain

Nancy Jardine

Nancy Jardine

A big welcome back to the blog to Crooked Cat colleague Nancy Jardine, the latest of my history people. Nancy’s enthusiasm for her subject leaps off the page! Read on and you’ll see what I mean. Continue reading