From my Archives: The Inspiration Behind Pattern of Shadows. Ah, the Memories! #Bookbub

Originally posted on Judith Barrow:
I’m thrilled that Pattern of Shadows is on BookBub this month and grateful to my publishers, Honno, for the support and belief in my writing. When I discovered the first of the trilogy was going to be promoted, I remembered the research that set off the idea for the book,…

The Memory: Interview with Judith Barrow

Fellow author Judith Barrow‘s novel, The Memory, came out this year and I can vouch for it being a gripping and very moving read. I’ve interviewed her about it – well, cornered her and demanded answers – and this is what she had to say. Q: You’ve written four volumes of a family saga aboutContinue reading “The Memory: Interview with Judith Barrow”

Welcoming Guest Author Judith Barrow

Originally posted on Write Minds:
We welcome Judith Barrow today, talking about her research and settings Hello Judith, and welcome to the blog. First of all, could we ask what kind of research you do? Writing historical family sagas necessitates a lot of research. It’s what I enjoy. It’s fun discovering the fashions of an…

Strong Women and Strong Stories: interview with Juliet Greenwood

Juliet Greenwood brought out a new novel this year – The Ferryman’s Daughter, published by Orion, set in Edwardian Cornwall, but here is my interview with her, posted a couple of years ago, in which she talks about her first three books, published by Honno. As with The Ferryman’s Daughter, her books have a strongContinue reading “Strong Women and Strong Stories: interview with Juliet Greenwood”

Catherine Marshall – deep dark mysteries

Today I am discussing her books with Catherine Marshall, one of my favourite writers. Catherine comes from the Midlands, and lived in London before moving to Lancashire (so far). After an early start writing romances for an imprint of Robert Hale, Catherine turned to darker topics and more complicated psychology. If you want a genre,Continue reading “Catherine Marshall – deep dark mysteries”

BOOKCASE – The Unwanted Dead by Chris Lloyd

Originally posted on Crime Cymru:
In this series, we invite our Crime Cymru authors to showcase an excerpt from one of their books. This week, Chris Lloyd introduces us to the grime and fear of Occupied Paris. The extract below is from Chapter One, Page One of my new book, The Unwanted Dead, published on…

History: getting it right

and another old post finds a new home. Yesterday is history. It’s the past. I am informed that for a novel to qualify as “historical,” the past has to be at least 60 years ago. So my first novel, A Time For Silence definitely falls into that category, as it begins in 1933, but myContinue reading “History: getting it right”

Woodbine: Interview with Alex Martin

Another post rescued from my old blog. In April, fellow author Alex Martin, published Woodbine, book number Five in the Katherine Wheel Series, and I invited her to talk about it – set in a challenging situation slightly different to the lock-down we were then experiencing. Alex, you’ve created a family in the Katherine WheelContinue reading “Woodbine: Interview with Alex Martin”

Honno: “Great Women, Great Writing, Great Stories.” Today with Judith Barrow

A repeat here of my interview with fellow Honno author Judith Barrow, who ran a series of interviews on her blog with other authors published by Honno Welsh Women’s Press, but forgot to include herself. I thought it was about time that the table was turned on her, so here she is. So, Judith, youContinue reading “Honno: “Great Women, Great Writing, Great Stories.” Today with Judith Barrow”

Sagas: keeping it in the family

I was slightly surprised when my first novel, A Time For Silence, was classified on Amazon as a family saga. My publisher had told me it was crime fiction and I had thought of it as a simple mystery. Besides, it was a single book and I never expected to add to the series. SurelyContinue reading “Sagas: keeping it in the family”