Dumbuck Hill – the Sleeping Giant. William Wallace, Thomas the Rhymer, secret tunnels and The Druid.

The Druid, the first book in my new series set in post-Roman Britain, begins in a place now known as Milton, in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Located a couple of miles past the western end of the Antonine Wall, there's been a settlement there for millenia and, overlooking the village, is Dumbuck Hill which, nowadays, is... Continue Reading →

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.... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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