My historical novel In the Blink of an Eye was written to illustrate and honour an iconic photographic partnership between two men, D.O. Hill and Robert Adamson, but when it came to writing their story, I found myself focussing on the women who surrounded them. This arose from the writer’s instinct to look for the … Continue reading For #womenshistorymonth: Scottish sculptor Amelia Robertson Hill
Historical Fiction Convention, February 2022 The first Historical Fiction Convention organised by History Quill was a four day virtual and international event covering publishing, marketing, writing craft and research. In my slot on the final day Stepping through the Magic Door: defining analysing authenticity in historical fiction (ambitious or what?) I gave my take on … Continue reading What exactly do we mean by authenticity? A Historical Fiction Convention and other news @HistoryQuill @BLFupdates @StroudStories #hiddengems
For a while I’ve been associated with an outfit called The History Quill which offers a raft (or an inkwell?) of services and support to writers of historical fiction. It’s a commercial enterprise but I don’t have a problem with that. It means, for instance, that blog posts are commissioned and paid for (if only … Continue reading Historical fiction convention – early bird discount to Dec 22nd @HistoryQuill #historicalfiction #writingcommunity
We may be heading towards winter but the writing scene is livening up at last with events of all kinds springing up – some still online but others face to face, ITRW, or as some would put it, 3D! This afternoon I’ll be talking live to my first WI Group in quite some time about … Continue reading News – there is some! @Glenside_museum @stroudstories @HULitFest and more
If you haven’t read Where the Crawdads Sing, I think you may have heard of it. At the last count it had 53,000 ratings on a certain review site (which I assume equates to many, many more sales) or you could check it out on the ‘unaffiliated’ Goodreads. I’m not going to write a full … Continue reading Sometimes a novel sings, but will it fly? Of Crawdads and River Songs.