Last but one day of voting in http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=927 I should know by Monday (I hope) whether or not I’ve made the finals – please do check it out and (only if you enjoy the excerpt) vote for me.
I have just seen the blurb for an 8-week online course (FREE) on historical fiction – thank you Richard Lee for flagging it up. It certainly sounds interesting – I’ve signed up and will review it once it’s started / finished.
I have always been attracted to dragons – even scary, fire-breathing, nasty / huge ones like the dragon guarding the gold in The Hobbit. And although I am definitely not an ‘ornament person’ I find it hard not to buy china or pottery ones when I see them, so how could I resist this article about an engraved ostrich egg which mentions dragons…
Fascinating and rather lovely.
To complement the last post, a short article by Julian Stockwin on forming an historic mindset and a pitfall to avoid.
This is of course harder the farther back in history you go, but the principle remains valid. Trying to immerse yourself in a different time and place can be fun…and cold…and unpleasant…and smelly…and dangerous…and exciting…and, and, and… The list is endless, but the more you can try to experience what a person would have seen, heard, felt, thought, done in, for example, 16th century Scotland in my case, the more authentic the writing will be.
And a final comment on research, implied by both Reynolds and Stockwin, but not explicitly stated, a writer should know much, much more about their period than ever goes into their books.
Helpful summing up from Michael Reynolds of an issue that historical fiction writers face all the time – how to balance historical accuracy against the needs of a story. I totally endorse his suggestions for ways of overcoming problems.
What a fabulous link (courtesy of the EHFA page on FB) I don’t know how accurate all of this is, but certainly well worth book marking and using as a starting point in research
I continue to be moved by the comments that folk are leaving on my book page in http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=927 It makes the nomination for the competition worthwhile, whatever the outcome, to see that folk are enjoying my writing. And an added impetus to get on with the sequel!
Follow the link or check out the reviews page here under Turn of the Tide for some examples.
I’ve read so many times and in so many places that good reviews are important so a heartfelt plea to the writers who have commented there having read the whole book, please, please add your comments on Amazon (and Goodreads if you are involved there.)
I would really appreciate it.
For all Peninsular War enthusiasts. – Read Mark Patton’s article on early attempts to set up a spy ring – not quite James Bond…
Excited to be involved in Blackwells Writers @ The Fringe on Thursday 29th August -6.00pm – 8.00pm
Anyone in Edinburgh at that time and free to come, I’d love to see you…
I will be giving a Powerpoint presentation on the ‘Long Road to Publication’ along with reading from Turn of the Tide and a Q/A session at Peebles Arts Festival. 4.00pm on 27th August.
Anyone within shouting distance of Peebles, VERY welcome to attend – I don’t want to be talking to myself…