It is seventy-four years since the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on January 27th 1945. Every year since writing Touching the Wire, I have donated January’s royalties for sales and page reads of the novel to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Why? When I first had the inspiration to write about the Holocaust, I … More Holocaust Memorial Day – Sunday 27th January 2019
On this Remembrance Memorial Centenary, I have the pleasure of talking to R Grey Hoover, author of Kicker the Forgotten Front. Through a similar process, we have both commemorated the men and women of two wars in our writing for very personal reasons. Grey wrote about the US Forces’ WW2 experiences while my interest lay … More 1918-2018 Memorial Centenary – Lest we forget – FREE BOOK DOWNLOADS.
A work in progress – a tale of forbidden love. A devout young widower must defy his church and the state to marry the woman he loves and prevent his two children growing up motherless. In 1891, marrying your dead wife’s sister was forbidden according to the laws of Kindred and Affinity as laid down … More Kindred and Affinity
The more research I do for my novels, the more respect I gain for the humble people about whom I write. They weren’t rich, indeed most struggled to put food in their children’s mouths and clothes over their backs, but they did it under the most difficult circumstances in a time when working like a … More My respect for these people grows
Thank you, Rhonda Hopkins, for highlighting my chosen charities, ABF Soldiers Charity – a hand up not a hand out – and Brooke – every horse remembered. Reading this brought back the reason for writing this story – the courage of ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances they had no way of avoiding. It made … More Authors Give Back – Rhonda Hopkins asks Rebecca Bryn about her chosen charities
It is pure coincidence that my recent historical fiction release is a tale whose tapestry is woven through both these subjects. My grandfather, Bill, served in The Great War, his service taking him to Egypt and Palestine with his beloved warhorse attached to the Queen’s Own Worcestershire Yeomanry, a ‘PALS’ regiment not considered real soldiers … More Two Centenaries – Women’s Suffrage and the end of The Great War 1918 – 2018
I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandparents recently. Mainly because I’ve been researching and writing about the period in which they were young and possibly hopeful and when their lives and dreams were interrupted by The Great War. It’s made me realise the freedoms women have attained since then and what has facilitated those … More Mangles, Old Boilers, and Slaving over a Hot Stove.
One of the first pieces of advice I heard about writing fiction was write what you know. To my untutored mind, especially as a potential Indie author with no professional support, that struck alarm bells clanging like Big Ben at midnight. What did I know? Nothing at all that would interest a reader. I’ve lead an unremarkable … More It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!
This isn’t really a bad review, it being a four-star and saying the ‘writing was good and compelling enough’, but it raises interesting questions for the writer. I quote part of the review. ‘I was uncomfortable with some of the content and it seemed a bit long.’ The novel in question is Where Hope Dares. … More How long is a piece of string? Bad reviews – 3
I was a bit taken aback, some years ago, when my mother uttered those words. What shocked me was that she was blackening the name of her family – my family. I’d been aware of family stories ever since I was knee-high to a gnat, but to hear her confirm my fears, or should I … More Loose-knickered, Murdering Thieves!