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”

The Covenant: Down on the farm

My new novel, The Covenant, which will published in August (available to pre-order now!) is set in the late 19th/early 20th century in West Wales, which was, and still is, relentlessly rural, centred around small market towns and railway halts. Not the agriculture you find in the east, broad rolling acres of golden grain around spacious farmhousesContinue reading “The Covenant: Down on the farm”