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…

Going Underground

Extensive medieval tunnels have just been found near Tintern Abbey. Many medieval castles had escape tunnels for when the castle was under siege. Manorbier Castle in Wales has an escape tunnel entered through the well. I used this detail from Manorbier and my experience of spending 12 hours in an old lead mine in Cumbria…

Nest ferch Rhys

Video interview with me by Ellie Daniels on researching my latest historical novel, The Anarchy, is here. We discuss the story of Nest ferch Rhys, the heroine of my story, and how I set about researching early medieval Welsh history. I drew on the scant primary sources on Nest – Brut y Tywysogion (Chronicle of…

The Anarchy – video interview

Just posted – a video interview with me on writing The Anarchy with editor Ellie Daniel. We discussed castles in Wales, the little-known women of early medieval history, research for historical fiction, and the character of King Henry I. My latest newsletter is now available. If you are not already on my mailing list you…