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A Paris Fairy Tale: a gripping, romantic story set in the world of ancient manuscripts

I first met French author Marie Laval six years ago, after our debut novels were released by the same publisher around the same time. My novel, The Silk Romance, is set in Lyon, Marie’s home town, and so we got talking about this beautiful city and have remained friends ever since. (You can see some…… Continue reading A Paris Fairy Tale: a gripping, romantic story set in the world of ancient manuscripts

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How indie publishing gave me my confidence back (and why I’m not going back to trad)

Self-publishing my novels has given me confidence back in my own writing. I’ve gone from thinking no one would want to read the type of story I write – feel-good and uplifting, but involving serious issues – to finally starting work on a new novel, after months of not writing. When I had my first…… Continue reading How indie publishing gave me my confidence back (and why I’m not going back to trad)

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Where do ideas come from? Creative inspiration (and how to find it)

It’s July and time for this month’s authors’ Round Robin. Thanks to author Robin Courtright for setting the topic… What book (or type of book) are you currently working on? Do you have ideas for future books? I have an answer to both those questions (see below!) and this month’s topic also made me think…… Continue reading Where do ideas come from? Creative inspiration (and how to find it)

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Who was the real #AnneLister? A fascinating talk by experts @HelenaWhitbread and @JillLiddington

If it weren’t for the work of Helena Whitbread and Jill Liddington, no one today would have heard of Anne Lister, an extraordinary woman who kept a diary at her home in Shibden Hall, Halifax, in the first half of the nineteenth century. Today, thanks to Helena Whitbread’s years of transcribing and decoding in the…… Continue reading Who was the real #AnneLister? A fascinating talk by experts @HelenaWhitbread and @JillLiddington

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Good to meet you…author Gilli Allan @gilliallan

It’s been a long while since I ran one of my ‘Good to Meet You’ posts, and I’m really happy to be starting again today with this interview with author Gilli Allan. Her answers are thought-provoking, her worst ever job sounds an absolute nightmare, and I was delighted to find we’d both marry the same…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Gilli Allan @gilliallan

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The symbolism of the seasons in literature, with four brilliant examples

Spring is my favourite season, and this month we have the perfect topic to discuss in our authors’ Round Robin; Does the season ever play a part in your setting? How do you think seasons affect setting and plot, either physically or metaphorically? The seasons definitely play a part in my own novels, but before…… Continue reading The symbolism of the seasons in literature, with four brilliant examples

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A history of the Orient Express and A Tale of Two Sisters, by Merryn Allingham @canelo @merrywrites

It’s a great pleasure to welcome author Merryn Allingham today. Merryn is a fellow member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and I was excited to find her latest book features a trip on the Orient Express. I love travelling by rail around Europe and this is a journey I’ve always wanted to do. Merryn is…… Continue reading A history of the Orient Express and A Tale of Two Sisters, by Merryn Allingham @canelo @merrywrites