Category Archives: research

everything – and anything – that deepens my knowledge and understanding of the world of my characters

Three books (soldiers’ diaries of the Great War)

Captain Charlie May is one of the kindest, funniest, most thoroughly decent men I have ever met, on or off the page. Continue reading

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Five books (written during or soon after the Great War)

An irregular series of highlighting the resources which particular inspire or inform my writing. I read a lot of books written around the time of the Great War. There is absolutely no better way to immerse oneself in the language … Continue reading

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Three books (that bring the early 20th century to life)

Unrequited love and political intrigue; resources which inspire or inform my writing. Continue reading

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Writing history: getting it right

The Prime Directive applies to writers of historical fiction as well as starship captains. We both have the power to change the face of history. Continue reading

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What readers want from historical fiction

My job is to tell a bloody good story set in a world that conveys “a sense of historical truth”. Continue reading

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Hilary Mantel on the “deception” of empowering female characters in history

Characters should operate within the ethical framework of their day – even if this shocks readers. Continue reading

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The problem with historical fiction

The challenges of portraying the “strangeness” of a different era. Continue reading

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In praise of … Pinterest

The perfect synergy between art and technology. Continue reading

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Back to basics

I’ve just done something I should have done two years ago; write my heroine’s back story. Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

As I walk, I feel my heroine’s long skirt around my ankles. Continue reading

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