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 […]

All change at Roma Nova!

When I typed the last word of the first draft of INCEPTIO in 2009 I didn’t have a clue what to do with it. After advice, professional assessment, and submitting to a lot of agents whose response was “great concept, great story, great writing – not sure I could sell it” I decided to go […]

A very peculiar feeling – spooked and thrilled

A week before Christmas, something very strange happened to my first book. The main character, Karen, stepped out from the covers and started talking. I mean, really talking, and in a young American voice (Caitlin Thorburn).

I listened and a tingle ran across my shoulders. I was spooked. There’s no other way to describe it. But […]

The audiobooks of INCEPTIO, PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO and AURELIA are out!

Yes, they’re here!

POWER  BETRAYAL  NEMESIS 

Meet Carina Mitela, 21st century Praetorian in Roma Nova, as she challenges all three. Meet Aurelia Mitela, her precursor – Praetorian, spy, mother and thief taker in the 1960s.

Transformation, deception, rebellion, vengeance, comradeship, duty and epic love stories in these adventures in a new Rome founded sixteen hundred years ago […]

History? Um, we know the ending...

All writers sneak a look at their reviews – we are that human. Looking at INSURRECTIO’s, I was struck by this one: “Although I enjoyed the first three, IV and V are disappointing; particularly this one. Because they are ‘backstory’, I already knew who did what to whom from the earlier novels.”

I appreciate them taking the […]

Roma Nova goes audio!

With Carole Blake of Blake Friedmann

You may remember that in January this year I signed up with Blake Friedmann Literary Agency who now represent me for ancillary rights (translation/foreign rights, audio, large print, TV & film, etc.).

Well, exciting news – and you are the first to know it – they’ve negotiated a contract with Audible to produce […]