My father’s family is not so squeaky clean when it comes to its family history. After researching and revealing my mother’s family scandals, I thought it only fair to delve into Dad’s family. I’m nothing if not fair… I knew that his grandfather had married sisters. My grandmother, Grandma Toadle, and my Great-Aunt Grace had … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – KINDRED AND AFFINITY
Where do authors find the inspirations for their stories? This trilogy, or a least, book one because I didn’t start out to write a trilogy, was inspired by an article on the television program Flog It! They were visiting the Black Country Living Museum in what was in the early twentieth century the heart of … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – THE CHAINMAKERS TRILOGY
After writing the trilogy based on my maternal grandmother’s family misdeeds, I felt the need to delve into my grandfather’s family. I knew he was born in the Duke of Buccleuch’s Northamptonshire Boughton Estate village of Warkton, near Kettering – a beautiful little village of thatched ironstone cottages set around a church. I lived not … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – THE DANDELION CLOCK
More inside information about the inspirations behind another story. Anyone who has read my short story, Ooh, Air Margrit, https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/ooh-air-margrit/ will know that I come from ‘a good family’. Not my words, the words of the lay preacher who conducted my mother’s funeral. Read the short story if you want a laugh, though it was … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – FOR THEIR COUNTRY’S GOOD TRILOGY.
This third book in my little library was the hardest topic I’ve ever written about. Once I began researching it, I knew I had to write Touching the Wire. The initial inspiration came from a television report about Nazi war criminals living incognito after the war. Joseph Mengele, the doctor who carried out horrendous medical … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – TOUCHING THE WIRE
http://mybook.to/GiveUsThisDay https://www.books2read.com/GiveUsThisDay I was looking for inspiration for another historical tale and as past iniquities fascinate me – I love learning about our past and the people who made us who we are, and an internet search brought up Dic Penderyn. I’d never heard of him or the Merthyr rising, but I was intrigued, not … More THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES – Give Us This Day – The Merthyr Rising.
Chapter One ‘Of all the pirates I’ve heard and seen The basest and the bloodiest is Captain Green’ *** My Country men who do intend on Pirrating to go, Be sure what e’re ye may pretend The certain end is wo, I know’t to sad Experience .The better may I tell, I thought my self … More Pre-release sneak peek of ‘Revenge: England and Scotland, rivalry and retribution’.
It’s 1705 and Scotland is on its knees. For years, the country’s Company of Scotland has been denied access to the profitable trade routes to the East Indies by the rival English East India Company. Piracy is rife across the ocean trade routes, the slave trade is at its height, England is keen to avoid … More The most ignominious act of treachery in Scottish history.
March is Women’s History Month, and as a writer of historical fiction – stories that feature strong women – I can’t let it pass unmentioned. You might ask why women should have a month dedicated to their history; after all, everyone’s history is important if we’re to understand our present, but I shall attempt to … More Women’s History Month
As writers, we are encouraged not to use cliches, but these phrases started out somewhere in the dim and distant past and had a real meaning, so as a writer of historical fiction, I ask myself ‘was it a cliche at the time about which I am writing?’, and perhaps more importantly, will the reader … More When is a cliche not a cliche?