3 Months on… Part 1.


Three months on since setting up my own imprint, publishing my second book A House Divided and buying back the rights to the first Turn of the Tide, what am I doing now?

Research – It’s fun to buy books and feel virtuous while doing so, after all they are essential research material… Even more fun delving into them, even if they (and the experience) aren’t always what I expected.

Winning the toss was a little book on Henry of Navarre and the Huguenots.Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 17.07.00

My first experience of reading non-fiction on a Kindle and I must say I prefer hard copy – much easier to flip backwards and forwards and mark the text. I have added highlights, but am not absolutely sure how (or if) I’ll be able to find them again. The content was a mix of fascinating and slightly shocking – the quotations from letters and speeches (if they are accurate, as claimed) provide wonderful insights into Henry’s character, but some of the author commentary is outspoken and definitely not pc.



I was hoping a book on the plague in 17th century Italy Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 17.07.43would provide information relating to the early years of the century, but no. However as with a lot of research, the wealth of information it did give of later periods kept me reading right to the end (and  just maybe might be the basis of an entirely different book, once my 3rd book in the Munro series is done and dusted.)

But I’m putting it well away out of temptation’s reach for the time being and turning to French Peasantry in the Seventeenth Century, which is looking, at first glimpse, very useful indeed.

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 17.08.35


Now here’s the thing – I love research. I find it endlessly fascinating and generally the difficulty is pulling myself away from research to start writing.  But just now that isn’t an issue because although I’m gathering a lot of information, what I haven’t found (yet) is an historic event that has so caught my attention that I have no choice but to write about it.  And so, as yet, I haven’t fixed a time frame for Munro no 3.

There are several more books awaiting my attention though, and any one of them just might contain the ‘nugget’ I’m looking for.

4 thoughts on “3 Months on… Part 1.

  1. Yes, you have pinpointed the only real flaw in digital non-fiction for research purposes. I had the same problem at first with highlighting but I’ve got used to it now. However, it is slower that ‘flipping’.

    • Even worse problem today! Kindle is frozen on the advert page and won’t open for me. Have tried all the usual – shutting down completely / re-starting etc, but still no joy.

  2. After almost a week of resolutely refusing to co-operate, for no apparent reason yesterday, when i showed it to someone else for advice it started working again – here’s hoping it continues…

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