THE BUTTON MAKER’S DAUGHTER

THE BUTTON MAKER’S DAUGHTER

I’m delighted to have Merryn Allingham as my guest on the blog this week. Merryn is the very popular author of the Daisy’s War trilogy of books set in India and London in the 1930s and 40s. Her latest books explore two pivotal moments in the history of...
SMUGGLERS OF SUSSEX

SMUGGLERS OF SUSSEX

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Cuckmere Valley during WW2 and its strategic role in the defence of the realm. Today I’m going to look at another of its claims to fame – as the beating heart of an enormous smuggling operation. Smuggling was big business in...
LOCATION, LOCATION,  LOCATION!

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

Location is always a vital part of my novels. I think of the setting as another character in the books. My work in progress, tentatively titled The Green Ribbons is set in a small village in Berkshire at the turn of the twentieth century. Sometimes I stick with real...

THE HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY CONFERENCE

I wasn’t looking forward to my first HNS Conference. I was going more out of a sense of “I should” than “I want” – but I had a thoroughly interesting time . The day kicked off with a panel discussion among editors, agents and the...
AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN AND A FORCED MARRIAGE

AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN AND A FORCED MARRIAGE

The main character in my novel, A Greater World,  is effectively won in a game of poker, after her desperate father uses her as a stake. Poor Elizabeth Morton has to go through what amounts to a forced marriage when all her options run out. Someone asked how I’d...

MORE PROCRASTINATORY MUSINGS

Well it’s 2pm and I haven’t written a single word. I haven’t even opened my manuscript. So, what have I been doing?  Messing about on Facebook and Twitter  Talking on the phone to an old friend Ordering new printer ink Making cups of tea Playing solitaire Trying a new...

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