Fictional Worlds

This is week 6 of the Blog Tour for my latest medieval novel, The Anarchy. MJ Porter asked me about the historical sources I drew on for my research. My guest post is here. I discuss how I use objects in museums, such as the medieval wedding ring pictured above. Its inscription reads, ‘I will…

The Anarchy on Tour – Week 4

Today is the fourth week of the Blog Tour for my latest medieval novel, The Anarchy. Mary Ann Bernal’s Blogspot includes fun facts on me relating to being May Queen, swimming team captain, and indulging in dangerous dancing. And you can read excerpts from the book with Loup Dargent – a concealed message in a…

Nun on the run

It’s week 3 of the blog tour for my latest medieval novel, The Anarchy. You can read an interview with me here. and read an extract here – a scene in which the heroine, Nest, asks King Henry for help protecting a nun who is on the run from Fontevraud Abbey. The schedule for more…

The Anarchy on Tour – Week 1

A ten-week blog tour for my latest novel begins today with a Guest Post on Tony Riches’s The Writing Desk. I’m posting on the inspiration behind my novel, which began with this view of the ruins of Llansteffan Castle on the headland overlooking Carmarthen Bay and its triple river estuary. I travelled past the castle…

The Anarchy on Tour

I am on tour with my latest medieval novel, The Anarchy, for the next ten weeks. New interviews, guest posts, reviews and excerpts are posted each week. You can find full details of the tour here. And the Pinterest board is here. Image opposite is from the Maastricht Book of Hours.

Historical Fiction Conference

I am attending the Historical Novel Society North America Conference this week, which includes presentations by a wide range of best-selling historical fiction writers including Margaret George; Elizabeth Chadwick; Nancy Bilyeau; Sarah Woodbury, who writes on medieval Wales; and Sarah Penner, whose novel centres on an 18th century female apothecary. The conference features sessions with…

Second career novelist

Three years ago I was launching my fourth historical novel set in early medieval Europe, The Drowned Court and M.K. Tod interviewed me about being a second career novelist. We talked about my journey from being a contemporary art curator and critic, to an art history academic, to a historical novelist and how I used…

Struck gold!

A review of my latest historical novel The Anarchy has just been published. The Anarchy is the final book in the Conquest trilogy on the turbulent life of the 12th century Welsh noblewoman Nest ferch Rhys. “When Warr delved into Welsh history and discovered Nest, she must have known she’d struck gold.” Historical Novels Review Nest was the daughter of the…