I love research! I was delighted that Mary Anne Yarde asked me to tell the story of how I reached across the internet to various historians for assistance – it ended in my characters voicing an audio-visual exhibition in a museum outside Rome where my saga was set! Read ‘Research and reaching across the ether’ here.
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
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
In the lead up to Mardi Gras season, I welcome Harry Parsons to Triclinium, to tell us about the history of the Cajun Courir de Mardi Gras. Thanks for sharing your post with us, Harry. Cajun Mardi Gras: Courir de Mardi Gras When you think of Mardi Gras, what comes immediately to mind? If you’re like most people, you instantly… read more
I was delighted to provide an article for HISTORIA, the magazine of the Historical Writers’ Association, about Roman She Wolves, Night Moths and Tomb Whores. You can read the article here. Many thanks to Katherine Clements!
The smallest detail can lead to the deepest research. Deciding how to clothe my character, Pinna, as a Roman concubine proved to be more involved than I anticipated. Read about my research into the dress of Roman whores, matrons and concubines on Helen Hollick’s blog, Let’s Talk of Many Things. Read here. You can read my interview with Helen on… read more
Evocatio: How to Woo A Goddess – my guest post on HFeBooks blog. Many thanks to M Louisa Locke for inviting me to participate. Read my guest post here. Take a look at some wonderful HFeBooks books here.
Priestesses, divination and the role of women in the ancient past – all topics I explore in my guest post on Patricia Bracewell’s blog. Many thanks Pat! Read can the post here. You can read Pat’s interview with me on her sources of inspiration on Triclinium here.
My guest today is Eva Stachniak author of The Winter Palace, her novel of Catherine the Great which was an international bestseller, and has been included in The Washington Post 2012 list of most notable fiction. Empress of the Night, her second Catherine the Great novel, has just been published in Canada and the US. Itis also available in the… read more
My guest today is Gillian Bagwell whose richly detailed historical novels bring to vivid life England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her latest book, Venus in Winter, is based on the first forty years of the life of the formidable four-times widowed dynast Bess of Hardwick who survived the turbulent reigns of five Tudor monarchs to become one of… read more