Tag Archives: characters

Despair and Despondency 

These summer months were supposed to be a time of editing and elaboration, fact-checking and polishing but with every book and blog I read I feel a growing sense of inadequacy and futility. 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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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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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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Touchy-feely

A useful exercise which probably helped tighten up my writing. 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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Inspiration strikes (but how? and why?)

This time last week, I was in Spain, staying in a small hotel in Grenada. The room was tiny, the floor space almost filled with bed, miniature chair, spindly bedside table, and odd piece of furniture made up of many tiny drawers … 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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