Awards - do they mean anything?

When I began writing novels, I knew the value of recognition in the form of awards, prizes and third party endorsements; I’d owned and run a small business for over fifteen years and been very involved in the PR side of things.

Recognition – the public acknowledgement of your ability, achievement, merits or services – is something […]

Roma Nova hits the big time!

In September, I visited Audible who were producing the first four Roma Nova stories as audio books as arranged by my agent, Blake Friedmann.  The lovely Robin Morgan let me rattle on for a while about my favourite subject – Roma Nova.  Now he and his team have produced the interview as an ‘audio session’ which you can download for free! […]

Ruth Downie and Vita Brevis

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Ruth Downie back to the Roma Nova writing world. She’s talked before about historic truth and donkey poo, and wrote a poignant account ‘from below’ at the court of Boudica as part of A Year of Ravens. Of course, Roma Novans know her as the name on the endorsement for AURELIA. 

In 2004 Ruth […]

1066 and all that, or not...

Suppose there had been a Roma Novan around trying to intervene in 1066 between Harold’s Saxon England and William’s Normandy? Could she have influenced either of these tough, ambitious and determined men?

No, I’m not veering off and writing a new book – I’m too immersed in drafting RETALIO, Book 6 of the core Roma Nova series. […]

Thank you Elisabeth Storrs, Douglas Jackson and E M Powell

Writers are strange people. They live in the Middle Ages, Ancient Rome, sometimes in Victorian India, on the high seas, during the Age of Enlightenment or just down the road at number 30. I count myself lucky to know some remarkable ones who’ve been kind enough to provide early reviews for INSURRECTIO.

Elisabeth Storrs is obviously […]

Thank you, Conn Iggulden

With Conn Iggulden at History in the Court September 2015

You may have read how infected I’ve been with the fascination for Ancient Rome since at least the age of eleven. I’ve clambered over Roman Europe ever since, dragging members of my family along ancient cobbled roads, up towers and aqueducts and into theatres and arenas. But sharing […]