Romantic Novels and Working Class Characters

A writer friend of mine commented once that it is difficult to have romance when you don't know where your next meal is coming from. Certainly,it's true that I haven’t come across many love stories – let alone love stories that can be defined according to the current definition of ‘romance’  -- which are set … Continue reading Romantic Novels and Working Class Characters

The Value of Criticism, Criticism and Entertainment and Romantic Novels

I am a bit perturbed (I’m good at being perturbed, aren’t I?) at a New Age view which has infiltrated popular thinking. A recent blog post by Mari Biella on free speech https://maribiella.com/2017/03/19/free-speech-fake-news-and-the-internet/ inspired me to write this one. This 'New Age'  view that has to some extent infiltrated popular thinking is the  ‘No Negativity’ … Continue reading The Value of Criticism, Criticism and Entertainment and Romantic Novels

‘The Villainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns’ is free on Amazon today and tomorrow

  As above, my Gothic Historical darkly comic tale of a family curse 'The Vilainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns' is free on Amazon today, 5 September, and tomorrow. It features the eponymous wild, fortune hunting viscount, a sensible but warm hearted heroine, a family curse and of course, a  haunted castle with … Continue reading ‘The Villainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns’ is free on Amazon today and tomorrow

A Spoof Gothic Historical Romance Episode

Now for some comic relief. Who’s for a Gothic historical romance, full of anachronisms (which the re-cycled characters know too well). Scene: A castle in the wilds of Yorkshire, UK, on the moors.  Date – Regency [ A darkly handsome and brooding man appears  at the bolt studded door holding a modern electric torch. Although … Continue reading A Spoof Gothic Historical Romance Episode

The Peterloo Affair: A Tale of the St. Peter’s Field Massacre Now Out on Amazon

I am happy to say that my latest 'The Peterloo Affair',  is now out oon Amazon.com here and Amazon.co.uk  here I wrote this tale primarily as a love story - in fact, it can be categorised as a romance - largely because I thought that with the grim background story, some pleasant diversion and a bit … Continue reading The Peterloo Affair: A Tale of the St. Peter’s Field Massacre Now Out on Amazon

Celebrated Writers Whose Names Have Become Synonymous with the Fictional Depiction of an Age: Part Two: Georgette Heyer’s Depiction of the Regency UK and ‘Life in London’ by Pierce Egan: ‘Corinthian Tom’ and his ‘Coz Jerry’ as the Original Source of Heyer’s Regency World and Sporting Heroes

  In my last post, I wrote about the influence of Mary Renault, whose fictional interpretation of Ancient Greece has become so famous.  I commented on how the writer’s particular treatment of Bronze Age Greece and of the rise of patriarchy, which necessarily reflected the views of her own age, sixty years ago, have been … Continue reading Celebrated Writers Whose Names Have Become Synonymous with the Fictional Depiction of an Age: Part Two: Georgette Heyer’s Depiction of the Regency UK and ‘Life in London’ by Pierce Egan: ‘Corinthian Tom’ and his ‘Coz Jerry’ as the Original Source of Heyer’s Regency World and Sporting Heroes

Discovering More So Bad It’s Good Writing

I never get much in the way of writing done in the summer and early autumn; family matters always take precedence. I feel guilty about not getting down to that editing of my latest, but there seems to be no time… I have been doing some reading. I am Beta reading a fellow author’s fantasy … Continue reading Discovering More So Bad It’s Good Writing

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

Genre Fiction, Romantic Novels and Escapism

One of the complaints often aired by romance readers is that the genre is despised as escapism, and yet this insult is not so often aimed at other forms of genre fiction. There is some justice in this complaint.   Yes, there are highly escapist elements  to romantic novels – but often they are ones … Continue reading Genre Fiction, Romantic Novels and Escapism

The Romantic Novel, The Happy For Now And The Traditional Happy Ever After

I saw some posts on Facebook recently on romantic novels and the HEA (for anyone uninitiated, that notorious Happy Ever After). The posters said that there had been some romantic novels released recently without the obligatory HEA, and because of that, some Indie Authors of romantic fiction had included the assurance that ‘this novel has … Continue reading The Romantic Novel, The Happy For Now And The Traditional Happy Ever After