Category Archives: Historical fiction

Signed copies – now available!

My debut children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones, is now available on Amazon at a slightly reduced price, after coronavirus-related distribution challenges affected availability. You can also buy the book directly from me, at a lower price, by emailing me … Continue reading

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Calling authors with new books

Launching your new book is a huge challenge at the best of times, never mind now. If you’re an author who’s just had or are about to have a book published, I’d like to invite you to consider an interview … Continue reading

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Every novel feels like the first: Hazel Gaynor on writing

Guest post by Hazel Gaynor On writing … and writing, and writing, and writing On April 1st, 2014, my debut novel. The Girl Who Came Home was published. I remember the day so clearly: the sense of excitement, the disbelief … Continue reading

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Focusing on unique perspectives: Gina Mulligan

By Roz Kay Gina Mulligan’s novel Remember the Ladies is about Amelia Cook, a congressional lobbyist … in 1877. “I was researching for another project when I ran across the fact that there were women who were lobbyists in that … Continue reading

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Sometimes you need to do something different: Kate Ellis

By Roz Kay Kate Ellis is nothing if not prolific. The House of Eyes, just published, is the twentieth novel in her Wesley Peterson series of crime novels set in the South West of England. She has five crime novels … Continue reading

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We’ve all got a book in us: Elizabeth Jackson

By Roz Kay Elizabeth Jackson’s second novel, Kicking Over The Traces, takes the reader through a dramatic year in the life of her gypsy heroine, Florence. When her mother dies, leaving Florence nothing but a red coat, she gives up … Continue reading

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Developing dramatic tensions through fiction: Kim van Alkemade

By Roz Kay If she hadn’t stumbled on a handwritten note in the minutes of a long-forgotten committee meeting, Kim van Alkemade might not have given us her powerful debut novel. Orphan #8, inspired by life in an orphanage for Jewish … Continue reading

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Exploding the Emily Dickinson myth: Nuala O’Connor

By Roz Kay Nuala O’Connor’s third novel, Miss Emily, alternates perspectives between the American 19th century poet Emily Dickinson and a fictional Irish maid, Ada Concannon. “I wanted to explode the myth about Emily being the complete recluse,” Nuala O’Connor … Continue reading

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Looking for the emotional truth: Maureen Gibbon

By Roz Kay In thinking about Maureen Gibbon’s writing, I see similarities between her art and Édouard Manet’s painting Olympia, a detail of which illustrates the cover of her third novel, Paris Red. Victorine Meurent, the model for the painting, is the … Continue reading

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Enriching history with a story-teller’s voice: Hazel Gaynor

By Roz Kay Hazel Gaynor’s second historical novel,  A Memory of Violets, tells the tale of two orphaned Victorian flower sellers, seen through the troubled eyes of Tilly. Tilly stumbles on the story of Florrie and her sister Rosie in 1912 … Continue reading

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