As an author, mainly of historical fiction, I find that I come to love the characters who populate my tales. The journeys they take become my journeys, their trials and tribulations mine. It’s all to easy to immerse myself in the period, to find myself thinking in their dialect, using their phrases and mannerisms, living their nightmares, (for I do put them through the mill and spare them little angst), in fact, almost becoming the characters.
Last week, I wrote a cheque and dated it 1918. I keep doing it… I am, in fact, and have been for the last six months, living during the Great War. A couple of days ago, I laid down my virtual pen and finished ‘The Dandelion Clock’ – a tale of two lovers torn apart by the Great War, and I feel bereft at leaving them behind and emerging battered and bruised into the 21st century. Bill and Florrie have crept into my heart, and there they will stay along with Ella and Jem, from ‘On Different Shores’ and its sequels; Walt and Miriam, from ‘Touching the Wire; Kiya, Raphel, and Abe from ‘Where Hope Dares’; and Alana and Rhiannon from ‘The Silence of the Stones’.
I have journeyed with them to Wales; Auschwitz; Kettering, England; Van Diemen’s Land; Australia; Morocco; the Grand Sahara; Gallipolli, Egypt, and the Holy Land. I have been to the 1840s, the 1910s, the 1940s, the 1970s, the present day, and far into our future. Together we’ve explored Disassociative Identity Disorder, runes, Nazi death camps and Mengele’s medical experiments, the danger of prophecy, the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, global warming, the Oromo people, family history, convict transportation to Van Diemen’s Land, convict ships, gold prospecting, the workings of threshing machines, Merino sheep, the Blue Mountains of Australia, the English legal system of 1840, women’s rights (or rather the lack of them), the incompetence of generals during WW1, Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine, Churchill, deserts, conditions in the trenches, bully beef and Maconochie stew. And I have loved every minute of it.
I now wait in fear and trembling as my five volunteer beta readers read, inwardly digest, and pass judgement on ‘The Dandelion Clock’, a project inspired by my much-loved grandparents and so close to my heart. It’s a bit like fearing someone will tell you your beautiful baby is gruesomely ugly!
So thank you, Bill and Florrie, for a great adventure. I shall never forget you.
The Dandelion Clock – coming in 2018.
More books by Rebecca Bryn
The Silence of the Stones Alana and Rhiannon in Wales – contemporary mystery
Touching the Wire Walt and Miriam in Auschwitz – historical fiction, historical romance
Where Hope Dares Kiya, Raphel, and Abe in the High Atlas Mountains – some time in our future.
On Different Shores Ella and Jem on convict ships to Van Diemen’s Land – historical fiction, historical romance (3 book series)
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Welcome to this, the first review/writing post of my new Welsh Wednesday writing series where each Wednesday I hope to be posting book/poetry reviews of Welsh authors, those authors living in or with a strong connection to Wales, or books that simply have an equally strong Welsh theme to them. In addition, I’ll also be posting information about Welsh writing groups, bookshops, and anything to do with Welsh literature whatever the genre be it fiction, history, travel, culture etc.I’m proud to present here my review of a collection of writing from the Tonypandy Writer’s Group, June In The Valley, a little gem of a book I discovered while searching for Welsh creative writing groups. It’s only available in print format but at only £3.00 it’s an absolute literary bargain … click title for Amazon link.
The Tonypandy Writer’s Group
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Meet a great writer and sample his wares.
In 1969 at the age of 17, Tom left his native Glasgow to join the British Army. Tom’s military career spanned from 1969 to 1992. He followed this with a career in Retail Management, in which he was employed from 1992 to 2012.
Tom has been writing since 2007.
He has published seven novels, five anthologies of short stories, a five-part novel, a five-part series of erotica novellas, and a series of five anthologies of genre-based poetry, and has several other projects in the pipeline …
Tom’s websites & social media:
Beyond The Law: Consequences (Book 3) –
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Amazon blurb … In August 2004, close relatives of three recently deceased Glasgow gangsters are looking for answers and revenge. Those intent on causing more bloodshed have yet to meet…
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An interesting interview with an interesting author.
Rhonda Hopkins is a self-published author from Texas with two decades of experience working within the Family Court system. She writes often quite dark stories featuring zombies. She also has a non-fiction book in the pipeline which will be a guide for people encountering the Family Court for the first time.
I began our conversation by asking her about life in her native Texas. For me “Texas” invokes memories of old cowboy films, vast cattle ranches, rodeos and Dallas – both the TV series and the city with its glass and steel towers. I wondered how accurate was that image.
Native Pecan Tree – image from growerssolution.com
“That’s a great question and one I’ve never been asked before. Texas is amazing. We have just about everything here. Large cities, small towns, and wide-open spaces. We have a large variety of trees, my favorite being pecan. We had several in our…
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Where to begin? This tale is part fantasy, part horror, part paranormal, and part sci-fi with a sound basis in believable characterisation and real emotion. Daisy May Coppertop, to whom we are introduced in book one, is still struggling to understand what happened to her and Benjamin in Darkly Wood all those years ago, was it real or a coma nightmare, and her return to the wood has a grim inevitability about it. What is the truth and what dark power links her to that evil place?
I love Max Power’s writing. I read Tales of Darkly Wood and enjoyed it, but book two takes the story to a whole new level. What sort of mind can conjure such characters and such stories and weave them together into a complex whole? Certainly, an inventive, imaginative, and curious one. Power leads you, all eager, to the brink of discovery and then rips you away to follow another fascinating thread; he is a master of keeping one guessing and enthralled. Darkly Wood II is a long book by my standards but never once did my interest and curiosity flag. Brilliantly done, Mr Power, and clever of you to leave me frustratedly guessing still. I want to read Darkly Wood III – now!