Review of ‘When the Moon Whispers’ by Rebecca Lochlann: Brilliant and Dramatic

I was immediately drawn into this epic series, by the first book, which takes place in Bronze Age Greece. I was entranced by the unusual combination of outstanding historical research, excellent writing style, intriguing characters and exciting theme. Since then, and I have been eagerly following the progress of this saga of a battle between … Continue reading Review of ‘When the Moon Whispers’ by Rebecca Lochlann: Brilliant and Dramatic

The Villainous Viscount Or the Cure of the Venns has won a BRAG medallion.

After confessing to my less than uplifting news a short while ago - that I had to jettison 40,000 words of the novel I'm working on at the moment  - due originally, no doubt, to my usual disorganised habit of not writing a plan - I am happy to give some good news. That is … Continue reading The Villainous Viscount Or the Cure of the Venns has won a BRAG medallion.

Paul Debreckzeny’s Criticism of Pushkin’s Robber Novella ‘Dubrovsky’

I orginally wrote this post nearly five years ago, just before I published my spoof historical highwayman romance 'Ravensdale'. I am posting it again, as I am again writing a spoof historical novel that features highwaymen, and I have never lost my admiration for this uncompleted novella of Pushkin's. At that time,  I was reading … Continue reading Paul Debreckzeny’s Criticism of Pushkin’s Robber Novella ‘Dubrovsky’

Writing Resolutions for the New Year: Why Writers Might Take a Look at That Unfinished Manuscript in the Drawer

I wonder what people’s writing resolutions for 2017 are? My personal writing resolution is to finish the sequel to ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ and then, if there is time, to get a novella out which commemorates the St Peter’s Field Massacre of 1818. I had already written the first third of that sequel in the … Continue reading Writing Resolutions for the New Year: Why Writers Might Take a Look at That Unfinished Manuscript in the Drawer