I write fiction...
Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery: In 1796, Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist Dan Foster is sent to investigate the murder of a gamekeeper in a Somerset village torn by violent protest after the enclosure of local woodland... Available in paperback, Kindle and a range of e-book formats. Preview Bloodie Bones and find out more on the Dan Foster BSR pages.
It was a lovely book launch at Foyles Bookshop in Bristol on 20 May. See the report and photographs here! And look out for the podcast of 10Radio's recording of the event (broadcast on 5 June 2015).
To The Fair Land: In 1789 struggling writer Ben Dearlove sets out to find the anonymous author of a best selling book about a voyage to the South Seas - but before he can discover the shocking truth he has to get out of prison, catch a thief and bring a murderer to justice... Available in paperback and as an e-book for a range of e-readers. Read more in To The Fair Land.
My local history book, The Bristol Suffragettes, is available in paperback. Find out more about the book and discover how you can get involved in the Bristol Suffragette Project in Suffragettes.
And I write...
about books, art, theatre and whatever takes my literary fancy on my blog.
for information on forthcoming events see my Diary.
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Imagination in the Archives
I'm pleased to be guest blogger on Amy Morse's blog, with an article about researching the historical novel. I'm also thrilled to be working with Amy on Bristol Literature Festival's Book Bazaar and Writing Seminars on 17 and 18 October 2015. I'll be offering some practical suggestions about researching your novel in a seminar on 17 October. Read Imagination in the Archives here. Find out more about the Bristol Book Bazaar here.
Bloodie Bones is an Historical Novel Society's Indie Reviews Editor's Choice
Bloodie Bones has recently been selected as an Editor's Choice by HNS Indie Reviews. Described as a "terrific novel and very difficult to put down", selection as Editor's Choice means that the book is automatically forwarded to the long list for the HNS Indie Award 2016. I couldn't be more pleased!
You can read the HNS Indies Review here.
Jaffa Reads Too
I'm thrilled to be guest author on Jo Barton's blog on 27 July 2015, talking about Bloodie Bones and what's in store for Dan Foster in the future. The interview is at Jaffa Reads Too.
Bloodie Bones is now Awesome Indies Approved
I'm delighted to announce that Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction. Describing Dan Foster as "totally captivating" and the book as "engrossing", the award means that the novel has passed AI's award criteria for formatting, design, plot, prose, characterisation, etc. You can find out more about Awesome Indies and how their awards are made at the Awesome Indies website. Read the Awesome Indies's review of Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery. And you can preview the book and find out more on the Dan Foster BSR webpages.
Walking and Writing: Guest Blog on Jane Davis's Blog
I am thrilled to be the guest blogger on Jane Davis's blog on 22 May 2015, with a piece about how walking inspires both my fiction and non-fiction work. Jane is also a keen walker, and in her biography mentions how she walked the locations connected with her wonderful novels A Funeral for an Owl and I Stopped Time. I wonder if other writers find inspiration when walking, or if it helps them in any other way? For me, walking and a sense of place are very important. Read my blog Writing and Walking on Jane Davis's blog here.
Lady Constance Lytton: Book Review
I recently reviewed Lyndsey Jenkins's immensely readable biography, Lady Constance Lytton: Aristocrat, Suffragette, Martyr, for Bristol 24/7. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the suffragette movement generally, and also for those who would like to know more about a suffragette with many Bristol connections. You can read the review here.
A Suffrage Walk Around Whiteladies Road - Free Download
Census resisters and church protesters, some remarkable Bristol sisters, and a medical pioneer ...The latest of the free suffragette walks is now available. You can do it as part of the main walk in The Bristol Suffragettes, or as a stand-alone stroll. Go to the Suffragette Walks page to download your free copy of A Suffrage Walk Around Whiteladies Road.
SilverWood Selection Box
SilverWood Books have put together a selection of extracts from books by ten of what they are rather nicely calling "well-loved authors" (links below will take you to their websites) and I'm delighted to be included in that category with The Bristol Suffragettes. The free ebook contains an amazing pick of genres, with excerpts from historical and fantasy novelist Helen Hollick's advice for authors, Dave Ebsworth's Spanish Civil War novel, poems by Michael Brown, Roman-nut Alison Morton's alternative fiction, time slip by Anna Belfrage, Iceland-obsessed Edward Hancox, Adrian Churchward's political thriller, serving police offer Sandy Osborne's romantic comedy about a girl cop, and Harvey Black's Cold War series. If you're looking for something new to read, you can download your free copy from Smashwords here.
Kindle version here - note that this is priced at 99p.
Discover a further selection of articles, blogs and podcasts about the suffragettes, the eighteenth-century and other themes in Articles and Blogs.
Author photograph by Rebecca Millar Photography.