Surprisingly I’m not writing about the dreaded saggy middle that creeps up on writers from eating too many slices of hot-buttered toast while waiting for the muse. No, the saggy middle I’m referring to is the one that becomes apparent when you’re halfway through your novel.
Suddenly the fascinating plot seems contrived, your amazing characters unutterably boring and your sparkling dialogue leaden. Since I’m halfway into my latest novel Read more [...]
The received wisdom is that you should write about what you know and that may be good advice – to a point. It’s important to remember that what you know may be strange, surprising and even intensely interesting to others. If you are a Druid, working as a steeple-jack and living on a barge, your life may feel hum-drum to you but there are plenty of people out there who would be fascinated to find out more.
Perhaps you’re thinking, that’s Read more [...]
The other day a writing friend asked me what inspired me to write my novels. It was a straightforward question but one that set me thinking.
The creative process isn’t always easy to pin down and put into words. Novels are a complex piece of work involving a juggling act between plot, action, characters, setting and so on. So how do they all come together to make a finished story?
When it’s time to start a new novel I feel like a butterfly Read more [...]
There’s never enough time for me to write. And yet, somehow, I always manage to finish a novel in time to meet the deadline.
If you are a writer, you’ll find the time. It’s as simple as that. Stop procrastinating! Perhaps you’ve persuaded yourself it’s important to do the washing or to buy the groceries or wash the car before you start to write? And then there’s the matter of a full time job or a new baby or that big contract at Read more [...]
I'm delighted that The Spice Merchant's Wife has been shortlisted for the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read.
The shortlists for the 2013 Festival of Romance Awards have been announced. Comprising the Romance Reader, Romance Industry and New Talent Awards, the winners will be announced on Saturday 9th November at the Festival of Romance along with two competitions run by romance publishers to find new authors in the genre; both Piatkus Read more [...]
The first Amazon review for The spice Merchant's Wife.
5.0 out of 5 stars Continued excellence 17 Aug 2013
By Mrs. M. G. Powling
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
London during and after the Great Fire is the setting for this third novel by Charlotte Betts, and to my mind her best to date. We are taken into the home of the wealthy spice merchant's wife's family, with their fine furnishings, lustrous materials and servants. But Read more [...]
When I finished writing The Apothecary’s Daughter I couldn’t free my mind of the picture of the Great Fire of London sweeping through the city and destroying everything in its path. Thousands of people’s lives were changed forever and every one of them would have a different story to tell. Katherine Finche, the spice merchant’s wife’s, is only one of them.
The Great Fire of London began in the small hours of 2nd September 1666 after Read more [...]