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...

LOOKING ROUND THE GRAND HOTEL, EASTBOURNE

My characters in Kurinji Flowers stay for a brief honeymoon at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne – in the winter of 1936. As I happened to be in Eastbourne this weekend to meeet up with old schoolfriends I asked the hotel if I could have a look around and was...

TALES FROM THE WAR ZONE

I haven’t posted for a while – I’ve been deep in editing – now on draft 3. I have several new scenes to write and need to get these sorted over the next couple of days. Not easy though as I am also working full time on Make it and Mend it as we...

INDIAN IMMERSION DOWN IN DEVON

I just broke through the fifty thousand word barrier on my new book Kurinji Flowers. Being here in Devon in the pouring rain is a great incentive to getting the words down. And even in the Devonian deluge, a good tramp down the country lanes always helps get the...

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