My guest today is a fellow Antipodean from across ‘The Ditch’ (ie the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.) It’s wonderful to see how Soraya M. Lane has succeeded in reaching an international audience as the author of historical and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novel Wives of War was an Amazon #1 bestseller. Soraya graduated with a law degree… read more
Today I welcome Joy Jordan-Lake to Triclinium. She is a very accomplished lady! Joy is the author of the bestselling novel A Tangled Mercy, a dual timeline story set in 1822 and 2015 Charleston, South Carolina, and six other books, including Blue Hole Back Home, winner of the 2009 Christy Award for Best First Novel. Chosen by both Amarillo College… read more
I’m delighted to welcome Lisa J. Yarde to Triclinium today. Lisa writes fiction inspired by the Middle Ages in Europe. She is the author of eight historical novels, including the six-part Sultana series set in Moorish Spain, where rivalries and ambitions threaten the fragile bonds between members of the last Muslim dynasty to rule in Europe. She serves as the… read more
A new experience for me. I was interviewed on Youtube by the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts to talk about my journey, my books, and my advice to aspiring authors. I hope you enjoy it. Many thanks to Phil Jang for organising it.
How do historical novelists research their stories? This is a common question asked of me. I thought I’d take the opportunity to explore this question with Dusk Peterson who runs Historicalfic: Historical Research for Fiction Writers. Over to Dusk…. When I started a Twitter account to accompany my historical research services for fiction writers, I was curious how my fellow… read more
To celebrate the start of a new year, I’m pleased to interview Ella Carey. Ella is the internationally bestselling author of Paris Time Capsule, The House by the Lake, From a Paris Balcony, and Secret Shores, all published with Lake Union Publishing in the US. Paris Time Capsule has been adapted into a feature film screenplay and is agented in… read more
Inspiration and obsession are two concepts that all writers keenly understand. The inspiration for my Tales of Ancient Rome saga led me to a distant civilization in Tuscany and Lazio, and on a publishing journey from Australia to America. That odyssey lasted 16 years. I’m delighted to have told the story of how my love of art inspired the Tales… read more
My guest this month is Isolde Martyn, an international award-winning author who is also a fellow Australian. Before taking up writing full-time, her career was in academia and then publishing. She is the co-founder of the Plantagenet History Society of Australia. Troubadour is her eighth historical novel. You can connect with Isolde via her website or Facebook. What or who… read more
Very excited to say Call to Juno has been shortlisted for the 2017 Chanticleer Book Reviews Chaucer Award. Cross fingers for me. The Golden Dice was a first category winner in 2014 so I’m hopeful history will repeat itself!
I had a wonderful time giving the keynote speech at the Society of Women Writers’ NSW luncheon this week at the Mitchell Library. The topic was ‘Art, Inspiration and Historical Fiction: A Tuscan Odyssey’. I always LOVE talking about the Etruscans! And I enjoyed meeting participants in my workshop ‘The Telling Detail: Transforming Research into Imagery.’