Book Corner: Fields of Glory by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on History… the interesting bits!:
“The year is 1346 and King Edward III is restless. Despite earlier victories his army has still not achieved a major breakthrough and the French crown remains intact. Determined to bring France under English rule and the French army to its knees he has regrouped and planned a…

Judging, Interviewing and Writing When I Can!

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Another busy week flies past! First, I had to plan a new story. Not easy, this, because it is based on a period I know very little about, but after Monday and Tuesday sitting with my head immersed in books, the period came to life for me. I fancy I’ll have the main plot finished … Continue reading

10 Surefire Ways to Nail a First Draft

Source: 10 Surefire Ways to Nail a First Draft

BBC and all that

The excellent Michael Chequer in his natural environment!

Last week was another busy one. Plenty of writing and planning, but then I had to go up to London to discuss the next books. I am currently on a two book contract. The first of the pair is written and submitted: it’s the last of the Vintener Trilogy, and deals with events ten years … Continue reading

Review: The Devil’s Sanctuary

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Written by Marie Hermanson, published by Little, Brown, trade paperback 978 1 847445766 £12.99 This is a rather different style of book for me. Usually I’ll go with thrillers and crime stories, but this was a book I saw in Waterstone’s, and the cover attracted me almost immediately. Identical twins Daniel and Max have a … Continue reading

New Week, New Book

After a real struggle this year, and losing almost two months to failing computers and other issues, I have at last finished the book. This one is the third in the trilogy about a vintaine in the Hundred years War. It’s been a fair amount of time in the planning. In fact, I would say that … Continue reading

Beating the Bounds

The village before the off

Today is the first day of a new way of working for me. Working in silence. It’s very odd. It’s very quiet. Yesterday was full of noise and bustle because we had the seven-yearly parish beating of the bounds. Many years ago this tradition was created in order that the people of the parish knew … Continue reading

Herstmonceaux

Couldn't pick a much better location!

There are some festivals I have been over the years where, to be fair, the gig doesn’t live up to expectation. Most are great fun, don’t get me wrong. And for any author, it is wonderful to be let off the leash now and again, to go and drink with friends and chat about mutual interests, … Continue reading