Unlike Any Other

Edward Londergan is our guest on today’s blog with an interview and spotlight on his new book, Unlike Any Other Unlike Any Other – By Edward Londergan Publication Date: 1st March, 2022 / 270 Pages The Story of An 18th Century Woman from A Prominent New England Family Who Went from A Life of PrivilegeContinue reading “Unlike Any Other”

Publishing State of Treason as an Audio Book

By Paul Walker Audio books – should I bother? I was a new author of historical fiction with three books published in fifteen months. Paperback and Kindle sales were going well and I had been asked by readers and potential listeners when the audio version would be published. My wife had been a fan ofContinue reading “Publishing State of Treason as an Audio Book”

ELIZABETHAN ADVENTURERS AND SHIP NAVIGATION

My first novel, State of Treason was half written when my writing veered away from its planned structure and took off in an unexpected direction. More than a minor diversion, I had to halt writing and research the background to this new sub-plot. I shouldn’t have been surprised. The book was an Elizabethan thriller set inContinue reading “ELIZABETHAN ADVENTURERS AND SHIP NAVIGATION”

WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION – INSPIRATION OR PLANNING

Inspiration seems so much more creative and worthy than the structured and methodical act of planning, and it’s tempting to emphasise the former in any success as a writer I might enjoy. But looking back, there is no doubt that writing the William Constable historical thrillers was more the result of planning over years thanContinue reading “WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION – INSPIRATION OR PLANNING”

RESEARCH FOR HISTORICAL FICTION

I’m not a historian and had read very little history non-fiction in the years leading up to 2018. So, I was under no illusion that writing my first work of historical fiction was going to take a lot of research. It was going to be my second attempt at writing a novel. The first, aContinue reading “RESEARCH FOR HISTORICAL FICTION”

A LIFE IN THE TIME OF ELIZABETH I GIORDANO BRUNO IN LONDON, 1583-1585

Why include real people in historical fiction? A plot surrounding actual events with only fictional characters can be satisfying. But action played out with real and recognisable figures can add colour, interest and tether the fiction more securely in the period. At the other extreme, there are many outstanding novels based entirely on the livesContinue reading “A LIFE IN THE TIME OF ELIZABETH I GIORDANO BRUNO IN LONDON, 1583-1585”

WEAVING HISTORICAL CHARACTERS AND PRACTICES INTO A COMPELLING FICTION

My mother was a member of the Richard III Society and never tired of telling our family he was really a ‘good king’ and the antithesis of Shakespeare’s monster. The contemporary portrait of Richard in the National Portrait Gallery presents a thoughtful, intelligent face and it is not difficult to imagine him as a moreContinue reading “WEAVING HISTORICAL CHARACTERS AND PRACTICES INTO A COMPELLING FICTION”

THE STARS, MEDICINE AND MATHEMATICS IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND

After many false starts, astrology became a focus for my first work of historical fiction – State of Treason. William Constable is a scholar and competent in all three areas listed in the title of this post. I should declare now that, unlike our hero, I hold no faith in astrology. Astrology had a significant influenceContinue reading “THE STARS, MEDICINE AND MATHEMATICS IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND”