I was delighted to be interviewed on the Historical Novel Society Australasia blog. I can’t wait until the HNSA 2017 Conference on 8-10 September. Read about a few of my favourite things here.
My guest today is Tim Darcy Ellis who is a writer, physiotherapy business owner, and a professional archaeologist. He currently runs his own business, Excel Physiotherapy and Wellness (founded 2013 in Sydney), and writes historical fiction part-time. Tim studied Archaeology at the University of York (1985-88), and as a professional archaeologist, worked extensively on sites throughout England and Wales, including… read more
My guest today is fellow Australian writer, Nigel Featherstone. His war novel, Bodies of Men, (Hachette Australia) was longlisted for the $60,000 2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize, shortlisted in the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards, and received a 2019 Canberra Critics Circle Award. His other works include the story collection Joy (2000), his debut novel, Remnants (2005), and The Beach Volcano (2014), which… read more
My recent post on the History Girls blog features the story behind a lost Etruscan tomb and a Scottish Jacobite artist, James Byres in The Lost Tomb: Etruscan a la Baroque.
My guest today is the lovely Karen Brooks, author of The Chocolate Maker’s Wife and The Locksmith’s Daughter among many. Karen has had a rich and varied professional life before becoming a full-time writer and the co-owner of a brewery and distillery. She was a professional actor and drama teacher, an officer in the Royal Australian Army Survey Corps; she… read more
My guest today is James Conroyd Martin who grew up in a suburb of Chicago and attended St. Ambrose and DePaul Universities. He managed to keep writing while teaching high school English, Speech, and Creative Writing for thirty years. Retired from teaching, Martin lives in Portland, Oregon, and writes full time. After publishing Push Not the River, a novel set… read more
My guest today is Anna Castle who writes the Francis Bacon mystery series and the Professor & Mrs. Moriarty mystery series. She has earned a series of degrees — BA in the Classics, MS in Computer Science, and a PhD in Linguistics — and has had a corresponding series of careers — waitressing, software engineering, documentary linguist, assistant professor, and… read more
My big news of which I’m immensely proud is that the Historical Novel Society Australasia has announced the ARA Historical Novel Prize, the richest genre prize in Australia and News Zealand. Thanks to the ARA Group, in association with New England Writers’ Centre, historical novelists will have a chance to be recognised in a class of their own. In my… read more
My first guest of 2020 is the wonderful Sarah Woodbury. With over a million books sold to date, Sarah is the author of more than forty novels, all set in medieval Wales. Although an anthropologist by training, and then a full-time homeschooling mom for twenty years, she began writing fiction when the stories in her head overflowed and demanded that… read more
This image will stick in my memory as representing the end and beginning of 2 decades: a young boy fleeing in a boat from the firestorm raging off the shore of the Victorian town of Mallacoota on new year’s eve in Australia at 8 am in the morning. It is reminiscent of accounts of people fleeing the catastrophe of Vesuvius… read more
My recent post on the History Girls explores the power of sound and light when interpreting portents from lightning bolts in Son et Lumiere – Ancient Portents. The Etruscans were expert. Read more