In Ancient Rome banquets were held in tricliniums where philosophy, literature and art were discussed along with intrigue and scandal. On my blog you can enjoy interviews, reviews, guests posts from historical novelists and art. And also history – both trivia and the serious stuff! So come and join my banquet! The attached image is from a wall painting in… read more
My guest today is Jodi Daynard, author of The Midwife’s Revolt, Our Own Country, A More Perfect Union, and A Transcontinental Affair. Recently, Lake Union Publishers awarded The Midwife’s Revolt a “Golden Quill” for selling more than 250,000 copies. Ms. Daynard has also published many short stories and essays in prominent literary magazines. She has been a keynote speaker, alongside… read more
My latest post on The History Girls explores the world of the Greek courtesan including one of history’s most famous – Aspasia, companion to Pericles.
My guest this month is Kelly Rimmer, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and worldwide bestselling author of contemporary and historical fiction, including The Secret Daughter and The Things We Cannot Say. Kelly lives in rural Australia with her family and a whole menagerie of badly behaved animals. Her novels have been translated into more than two… read more
I’m proud to be Chair of the HNSA’s prize committee for the 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize which is due to open on 14 April. HNSA’s generous patron, Edward Federman of the ARA Group, has increased the prize money to $100,000 making the contest the richest genre prize in Australasia. The prize has been expanded to include a category for… read more
Today I have the pleasure of welcoming MK Tod to share the inspiration behind her latest release, Paris in Ruins. M.K. Tod writes and blogs about historical fiction. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com. You can also enjoy the Paris in Ruins book trailer on Youtube. MK Tod’s previous novels, Unravelled, Lies Told in Silence, and Time… read more
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