A writer’s choice If you look across the internet for what writers recommend you do to improve your own writing, there are usually two things that regularly come up; do more writing and do more reading. The saying goes that ‘practice makes perfect’ and the more you write, the better, it is assumed, you become. … Read more How to Improve Your Writing
A sneak peek from my next book (The Evening Wolf – Chapter 5) … “Tis a blood moon,” John Barker observed loudly and rushed back inside the inn to tell his fellow drinkers. His cronies came out into the lane to see the strange spectacle for themselves. “Tis an evil moon tonight fer sure an’ … Read more Esobel – Chapter one
Well … once again, we had a few delays in publishing, but ‘Elyse’ is finally on Amazon. This has been the hardest book to write from the series so far. Not because the story was difficult to get for me or me suffering from writer’s ‘block’, just life and its problems and glitches … major … Read more Latest book – Elyse
The Story It is by no means unusual to witness the singling out of a particular person (or group of people) to take the blame for an event or happening or, in some cases, for no specific reason at all. Unfortunately, history bears witness to this being a very human thing to do. Someone can … Read more Elizabeth (The Evening Wolf Stories: Chapter 1)
We read about the witch trials of the 1500s and 1600s that occurred in our country, and we are shocked and appalled. We read about how, when events happened that people living in those times did not understand and/or had no explanation for, someone, usually a woman (over 80% of accused witches were female), was … Read more Witch hunts…do they still go on today in the UK?
Elizabeth was the first in the Evening Wolves series. I set this story in the early 1950s, because at that time, parts of rural England were still quite isolated and its inhabitants somewhat backward in their attitudes. Given that there had been a prosecution of witchcraft as late as 1944, there were still pockets around … Read more Why I choose the genre of historical fiction and witchcraft
Well, like many other authors, there are various reasons why I decided to use a pen name, or, as the French say, a nom de plume. In doing so, I’m in good company. George Eliot was really called Mary Anne Evans, Mark Twain, Samuel Longhorn Clemens and the three Brontës sisters called themselves Action Bell, … Read more Why I write under a pseudonym
During the English Civil War of the 1640s, a man named Matthew Hopkins proclaimed himself the ‘Witchfinder General’, although that title was never bestowed upon him officially by Parliament. His witch-hunting activities mainly took place in the eastern counties of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk and occasionally in the more central counties of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire … Read more Signing the Devil’s Book