When Starlings Fly As One with Nancy Blanton: Inspired by 17th century Ireland @nancy_blanton

It’s always a pleasure to welcome a fellow 17th century enthusiast to my blog, especially an author whose literary interests mirror my own. Nancy Blanton is the author of four novels set in 17th century Ireland, and she delivers an evocative setting, exceptional dialogue, rich characterization and a story laced with adventure and romance. It’s not hard to see why I’m a huge fan of her work. Her latest is When Starlings Fly as One, is set during the Irish Rebellion of 1641. The historical and political events are complex, but Nancy weaves them effortlessly into the story of a…

A Day in the Life of an Anglo-Saxon Settlement

It is my very great pleasure to welcome historian and historical fiction author Annie Whitehead once again to my blog. Annie’s writing is an absolute joy to read. Her prose is lyrical, and she gets deep into the Anglo-Saxon world in which she writes. Whenever I read any of her stories, I can’t help but feel that I’m sitting in a mead hall. Her characters come to us from the Anglo-Saxon chronicles, and she lifts them from their dusty pages to bring them to life. Annie has just released her 4th historical novel, The Sins of the Father, which is…

Murder & Mayhem: Helen Hollick and Alison Morton strike out on a new genre @HelenHollick @alison_morton #thriller #mystery

I’ve mused at times what I would be writing if not historical fiction and the answer depends on my mood (or what other genre I’m reading at the moment. Today, I am pleased to host two acclaimed historical fiction authors who have asked themselves this very question and done something about it. Helen Hollick has a long history with historical fiction, with her work ranging from the age of King Arthur, to the Anglo Saxon era and through to the Golden Age of Piracy. She has recently released a new cosy mystery set in the 1970’s. Well, actually, this borderline…

An Anthology of Authors with Helen Hollick #anthology #althist @HelenHollick

I have the very great pleasure to turn my blog over to Helen Hollick for her Stepping Back into Saxon England book tour stop. Helen is here to talk about anthologies, which are the hottest thing in publishing these days. Her work spans from the Arthur Pendragon era, through the Norman invasion to the Golden Age of Piracy. Today, she’ll be drawing from her experience with the #althist anthology 1066 Turned Upside Down to give us the inside scoop on anthologies–as well as give you a little spoiler. Read on! An Anthology of Authors, by Helen Hollick Would ‘An Anthology…

Inspired by travel: A guest post by Amy Maroney @amymaroneywrites #histfic #research #amreading

There’s nothing so exciting to a reader as discovering a new author, especially when that reader is also a writer. Most writers will express frustration at not being able to read the way they used to before the Muse tapped them on the shoulder, uncritically and forgiving. The problem is that we know what’s behind that screen, and it’s hard not to see the seams. But when we do find a book that flows and makes us forget that we’re also writers, that’s magic. This is how I felt when I read Amy Maroney’s The Girl from Oto, the first book…