BOOKCASE – Not One Of Us by Alis Hawkins

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, Alis Hawkins?reveals the?importance of opening?pages to her latest novel, Not One Of Us. The opening page of a book is crucial. Along with the cover image and the blurb on…

How Travel Broadens the Mind

Whatever genre I write in, I always write about people plucked out of their comfort zone by a traumatic event that turns their world upside down. The question is always how do they deal with it? Do they crumble? Do they meekly adapt? Or do they find hidden strengths within themselves to take on theContinue reading “How Travel Broadens the Mind”

Caught Doing the Bear by Leslie Scase

Originally posted on Crime Cymru:
Each week, we invite our Crime Cymru authors to tell us a bit about themselves and their writing. In this fascinating article, Leslie Scase tackles the difficult matter of getting the language right in historical fiction. In this article I am going to express some of my personal views on the…

Style, Design and the Future

How futuristic does futuristic science fiction have to be? How do we imagine our descendants will be living, five or six generations down the line? Judging from science fiction on films and TV, we do appear to be convinced of one thing – that doors will be a very odd shape in the future. Personally,Continue reading “Style, Design and the Future”

Past, Present and Future: histfic v scifi

I’ve had six novels published, some contemporary, some historical, and now I’m going mad and publishing a SciFi novel set a couple of centuries in the future. In theory, it should be more of a challenge to write about a time that we know nothing about and situations that may never happen, with people whoContinue reading “Past, Present and Future: histfic v scifi”

Christmas starts now. Or it used to.

I am nicking this post, looking at the history of Christmas, from my business website which won’t be there for much longer (I am officially retired!) In 350AD the Pope decreed that the feast of Christ’s Nativity should be held on December 25. This was fortunate because in Northern Europe it was essential to findContinue reading “Christmas starts now. Or it used to.”

Horseshoe Nails and other consequences

2020 is drawing to an end and not before time. Things will change. Once we have finished wiping out our elderly, infirm and vulnerable by being stupid over Christmas, vaccines will be administered and Covid 19 will recede. Hope is on the horizon and so is the great unknown. Time to reprise my post fromContinue reading “Horseshoe Nails and other consequences”

Shell Shock – Legacy of the Trenches #WW1 — Judith Barrow

Image courtesy of the Mirror The First World War ended with the deaths of a generation of young men. But the devastation of the  conflict didn’t end with that last blast of a howitzer. Thousands of soldiers went home still re-living their horrific experiences of the battlefields for many years. Their lives were damaged by […]Continue reading “Shell Shock – Legacy of the Trenches #WW1 — Judith Barrow”

Long Shadows: historical minds

Although I write crime novels, I feel happiest writing historical fiction. History was always my favourite subject at school – not the history of kings, generals and politicians but the history of everyday life and the exploration of a past when people thought, felt and believed differently. When I wrote Shadows, I set it inContinue reading “Long Shadows: historical minds”

11 11. A Short Story – Too Short

Meet William Thomas Marshall, my great uncle. Actually, I’m not absolutely positive this is William. It might be one of his brothers, but it’s generally assumed it’s him. I can describe him. He was 5’4”, weighed 10 stone, with a fresh complexion, brown eyes and black hair, a scar on his right forehead and aContinue reading “11 11. A Short Story – Too Short”