Since I’ve just finished a historical fantasy novel (the one I’ve been calling Book of Secrets, but now it’s Shadow of the Crescent) set in Italy and Constantinople in 1480-81, I enjoyed the recent column here on historical fiction and had so many thoughts that I decided to save them for a separate post instead... Continue Reading →
Research: But Where Do I Stop?
Pulling a Book Out of Stubborn Researchers? Author Photo, Swabisch Hall, Germany, June 2018. "Stop when you have what you need." It's the sort of advice that makes writers want to pull out any remaining hair, or to take a large, blunt object and apply it to the head or rump of the oh-so-helpful individual.... Continue Reading →
Why writers shouldn’t be connected to the internet while writing …
I found this article by Sam Leith on books, the internet and kindle and one paragraph in particular struck me. He was talking about what people do at work. ' In some ways, though, the question of whether we do our reading off paper or plastic is the least interesting one. More interesting is what... Continue Reading →