Vikings at Tenby Library this Saturday

On Sat 15 Nov 2.30pm I am talking about the history behind my new novel, The Viking Hostage. The novel is a weave of researched history and imagined stories. Half of the tale takes place on a Welsh island off the coast at Tenby in Pembrokeshire, a fictional mix of the real islands of Caldey and…

Thunder and Lightning at the Parisot Literary Festival

The Parisot Literary Festival is an extraordinary annual event in Southern France. Over 80 people came this year to the tiny, ancient village of Parisot to listen to three days of inspiring presentations and workshops by French and English writers. Amongst the English presenters: Vanessa Couchman spoke about her novel The House at Zaronza (Crooked Cat) which…

Taking vikings to the Parisot Literary Festival

Talking about the history behind my new novel The Viking Hostage: 10 Oct 2.30pm The English Library, Villefranche-en-Rouergue, France 12 Oct 4.30pm Parisot Literary Festival, France 15 Nov 2.30pm Tenby Library, Wales 1 Apr 2.00pm The Guildhall Library, London and more to come.

The Viking Hostage published today

Just received the first copies of my new historical novel. The Viking Hostage is set in late 10th century France and Wales. It weaves together the stories of three women living through turbulent power struggles across Europe, Viking raids, and fears of The End of Time. Sigrid is a pagan Norwegian sold into slavery in…

Tamworth Reading Group Talk

I am giving a talk on Almodis: The Peaceweaver, and on my nearly finished next novel, Viking Hostage, to the Tamworth Reading Group in January 2014. Viking Hostage is set in early medieval France and Wales and is the story of three women: Sigrid Thorolfsdottir, a Norwegian slave, and two French noblewomen, Adalmode of Limoges…

Writing the next novel

I’ve had an idea for a while that my next novel will be set in 10th century France and Norway and be called Sigrid: The Secret Viking, however I got off to a slow start for two reasons: it seems a kind of betrayal of my first heroine, Almodis, and the characters of her household,…