Category Archives: research

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

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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Tinker’s shuffle

The importance of being open to surprise and being ready to learn from the unexpected. Continue reading

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Portrait of an unknown woman

It took me a long time to really see my heroine in my mind. Continue reading

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A sense of duty

One of the first things I had to sort out when I started writing was what really motivates my heroine. Continue reading

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