Monthly Archives: August 2012

Talking with Robyn Young.

Today, I’m delighted to be talking with Robyn Young.  Robyn has written a series of novels set in medieveal times, the Brethren Trilogy and the Insurrection Trilogy.  Renegade, the second of the Insurrection trilogy has just been published, in fact … Continue reading

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Talking with Gordon Doherty and Myself.

Here are two more extracts from talks with writers.  The first is from my talk with Gordon Doherty.  The second, to round out the number of extracts, is from an interview I gave to Ty Johnston. First, Gordon. Martin: When … Continue reading

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Talking with Angus Donald and James Wilde

Here are extracts from two more of my talks with writers. First, Angus Donald, author of the Outlaw series about Robin Hood. Martin: How do you research your novels?  Do you do it before you start to write or do … Continue reading

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The Order of the White Feather #SampleSunday #histfic

  Constance Sturwood sat beneath a parasol.  One could never be too careful.  This hot sun will make me look ghastly, she thought.  She dabbed a handkerchief to her lips.  Her three brothers were playing croquet on the west lawn.  … Continue reading

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More of my Talks with Writers: SJA Turney and Lynn Shepherd

Over the summer I had a series of talks with authors.  The series is starting again on 31 August with a talk with Robyn Young, an author of historical fiction. Before then, I’m posting extracts from my earlier talks.  I’vealready … Continue reading

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The Emperor’s Spy by MC Scott.

This is an excellent historical novel, one which blends character driven narrative with tightly plotted action.  It is easy to let either action or character dominate the other; MC Scott avoids this by peopling her novel with a range of … Continue reading

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Edgar Atheling: A Story Buried for 1000 Years

I started to write ‘The Lost King’ series of books some while ago.  In fact, to my surprise, I’ve have found a draft from as far back as December 2004. So what made me spend so long writing about this … Continue reading

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