Writing historical fiction – My treasure trove of research books. Magic, folklore, religion, history, and an extract from The Druid!

A LOT of work goes into a historical novel. Actually writing the thing is the easy part! To begin with you have to do a lot of research before you even think about putting cursor to screen because, unless you’re already familiar with your chosen period, you really need to get a feel for it. […]

Question for readers – long or short, which do you like best?

As you’ll know if you’ve read my Forest Lord series it was orginally planned to be a trilogy but ended up as four full-length novels. I’d read things like Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories and felt like they’d have been better as a shorter series. Similarly, the first three Shannara novels by Terry Brooks were great […]

Research…rocks! Druids, pagans, Christians, Romans, the lot!

Just thought I’d share some of the books I’ve been using to research my new series. I’ve not read all of them yet but I’m getting there, so no-one can say I don’t put in the hours researching my subject. The best thing is, these books, and this whole period, rock! I’m really enjoying learning […]