James Boswell died in 1795 and became a literary sensation in 1950! But how could this be? Boswell was a prolific writer, and the Boswell Papers were one the most significant finds of English literary manuscripts ever made. They give us a fantastic account of life and events in London between 1762-1763 that augments the … Continue reading Boswell in London 1762-1763
Get your very own FIRST EDITION signed copy for summer. ONLY 30 COPIES REMAINING BUY HERE: An excerpt taken from the book to remind you of the beauty of summer and The Windmill. Chill out this summer, feel the sun, read a great story that's had great reviews Enjoy Please subscribe and follow my blog. … Continue reading This Summer…Read The Windmill
My Family, My Ancestors. I wanted to revisit my very first blog to expand upon some of the ideas and thoughts I used to create the hypothesis running through The Windmill and future books within the series. The storyboard is there, the stories are taking shape. In this blog, I explained the catalyst of events. … Continue reading The Windmill and Genealogy…isn’t it wonderful?
In this final part of the ninth century Celtic tale, Liadan and Kurithir, Kurithir is visited by Liadan in a dream. 'O Liadan! O mist of honey fragrance! Within my dreams, you drift the night with me!' Was it a dream or perhaps a vision that brings the pair back together? What makes a vision … Continue reading The Windmill- Revisiting a Celtic tale. Can our lives be guided by dreams?
What is love at first sight? In a tale originating in the ninth century, it appears they believed in destiny and everlasting love. Liadan and Kurithir are beginning to realise it doesn't matter what happens to them now - especially as the tale reveals there are those who would sabotage their connection - but they … Continue reading The Windmill and a Revisit to a Celtic tale of love and loss Part II.
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
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.
It seems the book is teasing us before going live on 28th November 2020. It would only be fair then to take a sneak preview inside, to allow 'your' journey to begin. So, here is an excerpt chapter from the beginning of the novel 'The Windmill'. I hope you enjoy it. The Windmill CONNECTIONS I A … Continue reading The Windmill – ‘Your’ Journey Begins.
In my previous blog I explained how my journey had begun. How my ideas had been shaped by experiences, developed and turned in to a manuscript. So I'd written a book...or so I'd thought! However, there was plenty more to do. Now the book had to be produced. And my learning journey continued. An extensive … Continue reading The Windmill, the story begins.
Well, I decided to write a novel after thinking about many different things I discovered whilst studying archaeology and history and whilst researching into genealogy. Life experiences had accompanied me, but as yet I had not assimilated them in to my thoughts. Upon assisting a friend with her genealogical research, I then wanted to investigate my … Continue reading Are our lives already in a book? Do we just need to write it?