With a reflective mood descending on the United Kingdom today and perhaps around the world, the nation reflects on the life of the Duke of Edinburgh. Termed by many as 'the grandfather of the nation.' A sad day but also a day to remember and celebrate a life once lived. With this in mind, our … Continue reading Reflections
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Wishing you all a Happy Time to relax, sit back, read and enjoy. Please subscribe and follow my blog. Share with your friends, those that you feel might like to think about some of the subjects in my blogs. Comment if you wish and I’ll take your views and experience in mind as I progress … Continue reading Happy Easter, Happy Spring
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, 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…
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
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
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…
The Mound, Woodbridge in Suffolk, England I've been asked since writing The Windmill what inspired the plot and the character's connections? What ideas and thoughts were important to creating the plot? It is never one idea but an amalgamation of many that may come in many forms. One of the main concepts that I found … Continue reading Are there messages in our dreams?