The Windmill, facts behind the historical fiction.

It was my love of history that first led me to want to write. When I'm writing historical fiction, it is important to maintain that the fiction connects with the reader. The historical facts give depth to the characters, settings and context that many with a love of that particular period or era can also … Continue reading The Windmill, facts behind the historical fiction.

How I Create Characters…

How I Create Characters, is very much a personal experience for me and I'd imagine for many other authors. How we approach creating a character’s physical appearance, personality, interests and individual traits will vary I'm sure. I draw many traits from people and fictitious characters I have observed throughout my life. Some you like and some … Continue reading How I Create Characters…

The Windmill and Mother’s Day

To celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, 14th March here in the UK, I thought I’d pull out a few selected excerpts from The Windmill involving the mothers in the book. These key matriarchal figures within the story are strong personalities who help develop and nurture the main characters with their strength, love and understanding.  Annie ‘At last!’ Ginny stretched up in relief, flexing her shoulders … Continue reading The Windmill and Mother’s Day

How We Plan

As writers, How We Plan is a personal experience. How we approach our planning, our methods, interests and writing topics will vary. As an author of historical fiction there is a great degree of planning involved around the facts, bygone and ancient, that I'm looking to use within the storyline. Personally, the detail around the events within the … Continue reading How We Plan

How We Write…

As writers, How We Write is a personal experience. How we approach our writing, our methods, interests and writing topics will vary.  All these considerations, conscious or otherwise, are there even before we sit down. Writers will have their own routines before putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. We might start with a drink of … Continue reading How We Write…

Why We Write…

For me, creating a book has been an education and an enlightenment into the world of 'writing'. A true learning experience. One, I am pleased to say, that is still continuing. A quote I read by George Orwell made me think about Why I Write. ‘I do not think one can assess a writer’s motives without … Continue reading Why We Write…

Writing And Research Go Hand In Hand.

With The Windmill now sitting on my bookshelf, the busy work of producing the second book has begun. Abstract ideas, listed on the story board now need to be checked out and joined up. The surprising thing when writing a book, is just how much time you spend on research. Delving in to books, archives … Continue reading Writing And Research Go Hand In Hand.

The Journey Continues…And An Amazing Book Review

Laura, from Lost In A Book Review, wrote a lovely review of The Windmill, which you can read below and find on her blog page. Before publishing the review she asked me if there was a sequel... The answer is yes. It is already in progress...its journey has begun. There will be some characters that … Continue reading The Journey Continues…And An Amazing Book Review

Are some things just meant to be?

In, Are our lives already in a book, I shared the experiences that were the catalysts to my inspiration behind creating The Windmill and the series of books to come. Ginny, the modern day character in The Windmill slowly begins to realise, that not everything is as it seems. Many questions materialise in her search for … Continue reading Are some things just meant to be?