Christmas Sale! – Sold Out!

Sales always have exclamation marks, don’t they? Copies of my historical novels, Almodis the Peaceweaver and The Viking Hostage make perfect Christmas presents and are available for the ridiculous Christmas sale price of £6, including postage and packing to anywhere. The copies I had sold out in a day – thank you readers and good…

Planning a Novel 2: Envisaging Characters

In planning my latest novel, I’m now moving on to envisaging characters. I’ve created a ‘character book’, with a page on each of them visualising what they look like, their back stories, their motivations.  Some of my characters are real historical people where there is information known about at least the basic events of their…

Murder, lies and art

Currently researching for the medieval murder mystery I’m writing and discovering that the range of potential murderous motives at the end of the 11th century in the Toulouse/Pyrenees area are legion. The establishment of the lucrative pilgrim route to Compostela; the salt trade; papal policy over reform, reconquest in Spain and pressure on aristocratic consanguineous marriages,…