Having a Laugh: Ridiculous Names in Novels…

I have always revelled in silly names, particularly in novels: Gussie Fink-Nottle and Cyril Bassington-Bassington, anybody?While writing my latest, I was delighted to find out that there was such a surname as ‘Swindle’, and I have used it for the real name of one of the characters, though that isn’t revealed until near the end, … Continue reading Having a Laugh: Ridiculous Names in Novels…

US English and its Continued Use of Forms from Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century UK English

It is an interesting fact that US English retains some of the words and expressions of seventeenth and eighteenth century English, which are wrongly thought of as ‘American English’. For instance, there is use of the word that is commonly now spelt as ‘aint’, but can be found as ‘in’t’ and ‘an’t’.  That was once … Continue reading US English and its Continued Use of Forms from Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century UK English

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’

Where Worlds Meet Out on Amazon

At last, 'Where Worlds Meet' is out on Amazon.com here And on Amazon.co.uk on here the prequel, ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ is here free  on Amazon  and on Smashwords here You can also get ‘Ravensdale’, which also belongs to the same series, free on Smashwords here   and if you care to point out to Amazon that … Continue reading Where Worlds Meet Out on Amazon

Authors Basing Characters on Real People: Some Examples from Classic Novels

I don’t know how much most authors base their characters on people they have known. I would guess that most combine various characteristics taken from numerous people in real life with some from those they have encountered in fiction to create something original. A writer observes on this website https://litreactor.com/columns/keeping-it-real-a-rough-guide-to-using-real-people-as-fictional-characters 'Fictional characters, especially main characters, … Continue reading Authors Basing Characters on Real People: Some Examples from Classic Novels

Indie Authors: Don’t Give Up On Your Original Voice When Sales Are Bad

https://www.amazon.com/Longbourn-Jo-Baker-ebook/dp/B00CQ1D3BYFive years ago, when I started writing online, I was lucky enough to meet some outstanding writers on Goodreads (I’ve met others since, on Authonomy before it packed up and elsewhere, but here I’m talking about that original base of writer friends). They were mostly women, varying in age. Some came from my native England, … Continue reading Indie Authors: Don’t Give Up On Your Original Voice When Sales Are Bad

‘Ravensdale’ by Lucinda Elliot – Just Awarded the B.R.A.G. medallion for Outstanding Self-Published Fiction

I’m celebrating on two accounts. One, I have won a second award. I’ve just heard I’ve won a B.R.A.G medallion for ‘Outstanding Self-Published Fiction’ for my historical romance spoof ‘Ravensdale’. That was a lovely Easter present. Here’s the B.R.A.G award website, for those writers wishing to enter their own work, but even more for those … Continue reading ‘Ravensdale’ by Lucinda Elliot – Just Awarded the B.R.A.G. medallion for Outstanding Self-Published Fiction

Moral Transformations of a Scoundrel Through a Good Angel

At the moment I'm writing a story where the male protagonist is as wicked as Richardson's Lovelace in 'Clarissa'. He talks a good deal of reform, claiming that he wants a good woman to help him to reform - but sincerity isn't exactly his strong point; as neither is a capacity for objective analysis of … Continue reading Moral Transformations of a Scoundrel Through a Good Angel

The (Must Have) Devoted Follower in the Classic Robber Novel

The dashing hero – or anti hero – of classical robber novels has to have a Devoted Follower.  It’s a must have accessory. For instant Rinaldo Rinaldini has the ruffianly Ludovico. Pushkin’s Dubrovsky, by contrast, is spoilt for choice – all his band, who consist of his former serfs, are devoted. Perhaps the former blacksmith … Continue reading The (Must Have) Devoted Follower in the Classic Robber Novel

My Family’s Herat Book Tour and Extract from ‘Ravensdale’

My Family's Heart Book Reviews are running a book tour for my book 'Ravensdale' this week. I'd like to thank Tonya and Everyone. Here's an extract from 'Ravensdale'. Mr Fox stole towards a back garden separated from the park by a ha-ha*. Jumping the ditch, he vanished amongst the shrubs and bushes. Longface, following more … Continue reading My Family’s Herat Book Tour and Extract from ‘Ravensdale’