The Covenant: Welsh Gothic

There’s a famous picture, American Gothic, by Grant Wood, which leaves many people smiling (unlike the couple in the picture), but it also leaves them thinking. Is the grim man holding his pitchfork as a support? Or as a symbol of honest productive work? Or as a weapon to fend off the world.Is his equally grim daughterContinue reading “The Covenant: Welsh Gothic”

Q&A with Thorne Moore – home is where the hurt is

Originally posted on Crime Cymru:
Every week we feature a Q&A session with one of our Crime Cymru authors. This week,?Thorne Moore offers a fascinating insight into how not just location, but homes and buildings impact on character and story. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I was born in Luton, but I’ve…

Crime Cymru: The Welsh Crime Writing Collective.

Originally posted on Rats on the Run:
… … … It’s been a pleasure to work on designing and creating the new website for Crime Cymru – The Welsh Crime Writing Collective. After a kind word from Cal Smyth, who I’d previously worked with to make trailers and music for his Balkan Noir trilogy, I…

Introducing Jan Baynham, Author of Her Mother’s Secret and a worthy Romantic Novelists’ Association contender for the Joan Hessayon Award. #WritersLife #WriterWednesday — Judith Barrow

I am so pleased to be talking with Jan Baynham on my blog today. Having known Jan for some years and seen her writing going from strength to strength I was thrilled to hear that she is one of the contenders for the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) 2020 prestigious Joan Hessayon Award for new writers, […]Continue reading “Introducing Jan Baynham, Author of Her Mother’s Secret and a worthy Romantic Novelists’ Association contender for the Joan Hessayon Award. #WritersLife #WriterWednesday — Judith Barrow”

The Covenant and the World of Tom Mathias

When I first moved to Pembrokeshire, back in the early 1980s, a fascinating discovery had just been made in the area: a cache of negative plates taken by a local photographer, Tom Mathias, 1866-1940. The plates had been rescued and restored by another photographer, James Maxwell Davies, and were put on display in the village whereContinue reading “The Covenant and the World of Tom Mathias”

Book Release: The Memory by Judith Barrow #familylifefiction — Judith Barrow

Originally posted on From the Pen of Mae Clair: I have a new guest on my blog today. I “met” Judith Barrow through Story Empire, then invited her to share her latest release The Memory. Please make her feel welcome as she gives us a behind the scenes look at what inspired her to write… BookContinue reading “Book Release: The Memory by Judith Barrow #familylifefiction — Judith Barrow”

A Covenant of Blood

My novel, The Covenant has religion is at its heart. It’s ironic that I am, and have always been, an avowed atheist, since religion fascinates me, and that’s as well because there’s no escaping it in The Covenant. It’s a story focused on the family that produced John Owen, who rules the roost at the cottage ofContinue reading “A Covenant of Blood”

The Covenant: The Weaker Vessel

I write domestic noir. Or is it historical fiction? Or family sagas? Whatever it is, I do like my main characters to be struggling against the odds, which is probably why they have all been women. Because, even today, being a woman gives a character a head start in the “up against it” league. SetContinue reading “The Covenant: The Weaker Vessel”

The Covenant and the low heat of technology

My new novel, The Covenant, coming out in August, is set in West Wales in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century. Set a novel in that period in a city, in London or Manchester, and it wouldn’t be difficult to paint a period that everyone with any knowledge of history would recognise. My characters would be flag-waving forContinue reading “The Covenant and the low heat of technology”