I fell into historical fiction writing quite by accident, but once there, I was totally hooked on the events in the past that made us who we are today. Writing this genre follows much the same basic rules as any fiction writing: The inspiration for the story – what got my juices going. The characters … More Writing historical fiction
After a month or two not sure what I was going to write after publishing my historical novel, Kindred and Affinity, http://mybook.to/KindredandAffinity or even if I was going to write another book, I find myself with two works in progress. The first is an instructional book about painting watercolour seascapes – having been painting the … More Works in progress – painting seascapes and the ‘white slaves’ of Victorian England .
What germ of an idea begins your stories? Places, feelings, people, objects, actions? It’s odd, sometimes, the things that inspire a tale. Some of mine have been inspired by family history – the half-truths whispered about murderers, prostitutes, and thieves but never elaborated upon – inklings of past misdoings that just had to be investigated … More Writing inspirations – the tale of a cheese sandwich.
Having spent the last seven months immersed in 19th century England and the loves and trials of my forebears, I emerged from the first edit to discover the kitchen is spattered in grease, everywhere needs vacuuming, the dog needs grooming, and the garden needs weeding. Now, I’m not saying I haven’t done anything but write … More Kindred and Affinity – First edit done – A sneak peek.
This cheered me up no end as I rarely get a sale or review of this book. What also amazed me was my also-boughts for this novel – my other six books! I must be doing something right – but the review… ‘Hoping to dare for the GIFT OF PROPHECY! 2 February 2019 This is … More The Lord of the Rings meets Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever?
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Rebecca was the second Indie Author to feature in my “A Date With . . .” series during 2018 (the original interview is here). I recently asked her for an update on her career and her hobbies. This is what she said: “Once again this year, royalties…
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
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