Dumbarton Castle and Bellicus the druid

My new book The Druid and, much more so it's sequel, Song of the Centurion, feature Dumbarton Castle as a location. The main character and, to my mind, star of the books, Bellicus the warrior-druid, is based at this fantastic ancient fortress although he does travel all around Britain.   The series is set in the fifth... Continue Reading →

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 →

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