A hat trick of exciting announcements

I’m so excited and pleased to announce not just one thrilling piece of news, but three! Drum roll…. Thrilling News #1: I have been invited to speak before the Battle of Worcester Society on September 1st on the subject of the Royalist Highwayman, Captain James Hind. Highwaymen, and especially 17th century highwaymen, have been a fascination for me for many years. It should come as no surprise that the hero in my ms Traitor’s Knot is a highwayman (you should have been surprised if he was not). To say that I’m thrilled to be included in the Battle of Worcester Society’s Civil War Nights for 2016…

What’s in a name?

Apparently everything. The right name will trigger an emotional response be it humour, curiosity, wonder or anticipation, and this is what you want, especially for a novel. With that in mind, I’ve decided to rename my story. For a very long time it has been called by its working title, Highwayman, mainly because I have an interest in highwaymen, pirates, and altogether unsavoury (but fascinating) blackguards. I’m sure that I’m not alone given the reams of literature on the subject. But my story has entered into its adulthood, and it is about more than just a highwayman. It’s about divided loyalties, sacrifice…

Historical Fiction Survey

I have a confession to make: the collection and organization of data fascinates me. Pretty charts and pivot tables are as captivating to me as shiny baubles are to a magpie. Data tells a story if you know how to slice and dice it. But what does this have to do with historical fiction?  If you enjoy the genre, author Mary Tod would like to hear from you. For the past 3 years, Mary has conducted surveys to gain more insight into what readers enjoy about the genre. As a historical fiction writer, I look forward to the results (and the pretty charts!),…