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Guest posts Novels

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.

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Corsica Novels

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? 

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Historical Fiction History People guest posts

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!

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Historical Fiction History People guest posts

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.

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History People guest posts

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?”

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Historical Fiction History People guest posts

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.

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Historical Fiction History People guest posts

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.

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Guest posts Historical Fiction History People guest posts

History People #3: Cathie Dunn, a Medieval History Fan

Historical novelist Cathie Dunn
Historical novelist Cathie Dunn

I’m delighted to welcome back author Cathie Dunn to the blog today, who continues my series about writers of historical fiction.

Thank you, Vanessa, for hosting me today. I love talking about history and research, and I’m grateful for the offer to do so again.

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Writing tips

8 Stocking Fillers for Writers and Readers

christmas-wreath

What would you like in your Christmas stocking this year? A three-book contract with one of the big ones, perhaps? You can’t get those at Amazon or Waterstones, unfortunately. Decorative notebooks are always handy, if a bit predictable, but I hate sullying them with my scrawl, so several unused ones languish in my desk drawer.

There are still a few shopping days to Christmas, so here are some other suggestions you can give your nearest and dearest – or ask them to give you – for writing and reading accessories.

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Author interviews Writing tips

Write Despite – Procrastination

Sunset on Corsica - well worth procrastinating for
Sunset on Corsica – well worth procrastinating for

Fellow Crooked Cat author Margaret K. Johnson has invited me onto her blog today to take part in her ‘Write Despite‘ series, in which women writers talk about their writing challenges and how they address them. So I’ve focused on a topic close to my heart – procrastination – about which I wrote on this blog not so long ago.

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Margaret is a novelist who explores the theme of women triumphing over adversity in her writing. She also runs courses that focus on triumphing over adversity in order to write, or using writing to overcome adversity.

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