Doorways to the Past

I’m delighted to be involved in Ocelot Press‘s latest venture: Doorways to the Past, a collection of historical short stories and character interviews from five Ocelot Press authors, will be released on 30th July 2020. There’s something for all historical tastes in here. Sue Barnard, myself, Cathie Dunn, Nancy Jardine and Jennifer C. Wilson haveContinue reading “Doorways to the Past”

True Inspiration for Fiction #5: the Ghosts of World War I

At 11 am on this day in 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front. Ninety-nine years later, none of the combatants in that terrible war is alive, but the memories still echo down the years. In France, where I live, the smallest village has its war memorial. Often, several men with the same surnameContinue reading “True Inspiration for Fiction #5: the Ghosts of World War I”

Writers Abroad Free Magazine Out Today

It’s a week for launches: my French Collection: Twelve Short Stories will be out in Kindle and paperback versions on Thursday 9th, but first Writers Abroad’s free magazine, The Third Space, is out today. You can read it online or download a PDF copy. And there’s a quiz on the last page with a prizeContinue reading “Writers Abroad Free Magazine Out Today”

True Inspiration for Fiction #3: Plague!

The plague first made an appearance in 1347-48, when a catastrophic and unstoppable pandemic swept through Western Europe. In four years, the population of 14th-century Europe plunged by an estimated 33-50% and its civilisation changed forever. The figures are debated, but as many as 150 million people may have died worldwide. The disease spread acrossContinue reading “True Inspiration for Fiction #3: Plague!”

Book Cover Design: the Story of French Collection

  When people buy a book, their choice depends on many factors: recommendation, a favourite author, a catchy title, a genre they like and so on. The cover also has a big influence on book buying. For that reason, instead of exercising my minimal (no, zero) design skills on my forthcoming collection of short storiesContinue reading “Book Cover Design: the Story of French Collection”

True Inspiration for Fiction #2: Edgar Degas’ Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando

Works of art can provide endless inspiration for fiction. The paintings alone, with everything they convey, would be muse enough. But sometimes the story behind the painting is just as enthralling. I have always loved Edgar Degas’ paintings and I was fascinated to learn the origins of ‘Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando’, whichContinue reading “True Inspiration for Fiction #2: Edgar Degas’ Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando”

True Inspiration for Fiction #1: the Christmas Truce 1914

“There, the night before we had been having a terrific battle and the morning after, there we were smoking their cigarettes and they smoking ours.” This was the slightly bemused verdict of a British Tommy on one of the most extraordinary and poignant events of World War I: the Christmas truce of 1914. Up andContinue reading “True Inspiration for Fiction #1: the Christmas Truce 1914”

Short Stories Inspired By #France

To celebrate my 20 years in France, I’ve decided to publish a collection of a dozen of my short stories. They are all linked by being set in France, many of them in the southwest region, where I live. This part of France has rich and varied landscapes and a strong tradition of separatism andContinue reading “Short Stories Inspired By #France”

@Writersabroad’s Literary Magazine 3rd Issue will be Published 1st September

Writers Abroad will publish the 3rd issue of its free online literary magazine in just over a week’s time, on 1st September. This twice-yearly publication has quickly established a reputation for fresh, interesting and entertaining writing from the members of Writers Abroad.

Calling Expat Writers for a New @WritersAbroad Anthology

Calling Expat Writers for a New Anthology Sorry, this call for submissions is now closed. The online ex-pat writing community I belong to, Writers Abroad, will be publishing its 5th anthology in autumn 2015, entitled Kaleidoscope. Please see the call for submissions below. You’ll find links to our four previous anthologies under the Books tab,Continue reading “Calling Expat Writers for a New @WritersAbroad Anthology”