Marie-Thérèse’s France 1: Rural Aveyron

Today, I want to take you to some of the settings that Marie-Thérèse, my main character in Overture, would have known. In this first post, I’ll focus on Aveyron, which is one of the most rural départements (counties) of France. I live just over the border in an adjoining département, but I’m very attached to the landscapes and villages of Aveyron, which is named after the river that flows through it.

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History People #1: Wartime Fiction: Wandering Off the Beaten Track

The first GI arrives in Northern Ireland, January 1941

The first GI arrives in Northern Ireland, January 1942

This is the first in a series of guest posts by fellow historical fiction authors. Dianne Ascroft, who writes World War II fiction, kicks it off with some thought-provoking reflections on unusual settings for wartime fiction and what readers are looking for. Thanks for joining us today, Dianne. Continue reading

Location, Location, Location: the Importance of Setting in Fiction

The Old Town in Ajaccio, Corsica

The Old Town in Ajaccio, Corsica

Location, Location, Location: the Importance of Setting in Fiction

Novels are clearly about people and their stories. But I have always been a great believer in the importance of setting in fiction. It influences characters in so many ways and can tell you a lot about them. You also have to create a believable world for your readers to see in their mind’s eye.

This was reinforced for me when the author Tracey Warr gave a workshop at our local Parisot Writing Group this week. Continue reading

Corsica, Setting for THE HOUSE AT ZARONZA, a Top Destination

Saint-Florent, Corsica

Saint-Florent, Corsica

 

Have you been to Corsica? No? Then get there fast: National Geographic Traveler Magazine recently put Corsica in the no. 1 spot out of its top 20 chosen destinations for 2015.

I’m not surprised. The island has everything: a wonderful landscape with azure seas, jagged mountains and perched hilltop villages, a fascinating culture and a turbulent history.  Continue reading