March 19, 2017 11:41 am by

What inspired me to write The Chateau on the Lake? I began with the vague thought that it would be interesting to write a love story set at the time of the French Revolution. I didn’t know much about it then but everyone knows that the starving poor rebelled against the greedy aristocrats and beheaded Louis XVI, don’t they? Except that, once I started to research, I quickly discovered that it wasn’t as straightforward as that.

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April 21, 2014 2:25 pm by

I’m always interested to discover how other authors go about writing their novels so I was delighted when historical novelist, Jenny Barden, invited me to join her on this blog tour to describe how my writing process works for me.

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April 14, 2014 8:22 pm by

This  post is part of a series started by Debra Brown and passed to me by Deborah Swift who used to work in the theatre as a set and costume designer.She is the author of three novels set in the 17th century, The Lady’s Slipper, The Gilded Lily, and A Divided Inheritance. She lives in the north of England in a small…

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December 18, 2013 7:14 am by

  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…

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