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.
Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery is a finalist in the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016. The winner will be announced at the HNS Conference 2016 in Oxford.
Bloodie Bones has also been longlisted for the M M Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction 2016.
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, Kindle and 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.
Bloodie Bones is Killer Nashville's Book of the Day
I'm very excited that Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery is Killer Nashville's Book of the Day on 29 March 2016. "Bloodie Bones will have you staying up until the early hours of the morning!" To read the full review see the Killer Nashville website.
The HNS Indies Reviews Editor's Choice A-Z Blog Hop, April 2016 - now live!
Helen Hollick, Indies Reviews Editor for the Historical Novel Society, is running an A-Z Blog Hop from 1 to 30 April. Everyday she'll be featuring a different book from those selected to be Editor's Choice, in alphabetical order of title. That means there'll be a fantastic range of historical fiction to discover, and to add to the fun the blogs will all be written by our main characters! 2 April 2016 is Dan Foster's turn - you can read what Dan has to say about Bloodie Bones here.
To find out more about Helen Hollick and her books visit her website.
Hen Pearce: A Pugilistic Hercules
I'm delighted to be a guest on Catherine Curzon's blog, A Covent Garden Gilflurt's Guide to Life, with an article about Bristol pugilist Hen Pearce, the Game Chicken. Hen features in the first Dan Foster Mystery, Bloodie Bones. How is it possible to reconcile images of the pugilist as a sensitive, humane hero with the brutal realities of bare-knuckle boxing? You can read Hen Pearce: A Pugilistic Hercules here.
Using An Assisted Publishing Service
I very much enjoyed talking to Tim Lewis of Begin Self Publishing about my experiences of using an assisted publishing service - SilverWood Books. You can read a summary of the interview and listen to the podcast (released on 3 February 2016) on the Begin Self Publishing website.
Swindon, Wiltshire and the Suffragettes
"Such a violent scene has not been witnessed in Swindon for many years." (The Cheltenham Chronicle, 19 July 1913). Find out what happened when the suffrage campaigners came to Swindon in my latest talk extract - Swindon, Wiltshire and the Suffragettes. Download your free copy here.
Bringing the Past to Life at Bristol Book Bazaar, Bristol Festival of Literature 2015
The 2015 Bristol Festival of Literature included a two-day Book Bazaar featuring seminars and talks on the craft and business of writing. As part of these events, I gave a talk on researching the historical novel - Bringing the Past to Life. I've now made the text of this talk available as a free download (pdf document). You can read/download Bringing the Past to Life here.
In addition, in the run up to the Festival I wrote a guest blog - Imagination in the Archives - about doing research for Festival organiser and authorpreneur Amy Morse's blog. You can read Imagination in the Archives on Amy Morse's blog here.
Bloodie Bones is 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.
Lady Constance Lytton: Book Review
I 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.
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.