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 […]

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 […]

Carina, Aurelia and the Pompeii gladius

Twenty-first century Roma Nova military train with state of the art weaponry; their firepower and weapon handling are undoubted. But they also train on a ‘volunteer’ basis with a modern carbon steel version of the traditional Pompeii gladius, a short sword in use from at least AD 79 and not uncommon in the 4th century AD.

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How to build an alternative Roman story

Romans in the 21st century? Possibly provocative, but a perfectly feasible venture into alternative history fiction. How do you do this with no historical foundation?

Setting a story in the past or in another country is already a challenge. But if you invent the country and need to meld it with history that the reader already […]

INSURRECTIO publication day!

Today, my fifth Roma Nova thriller is out in the world. Wow!  I say that because when I published the first in 2013, I did not imagine that I would have written four more within the next three years. Sometimes I scare myself…

It’s a mixture of sadness and relief to close the gate at the end […]

INSURRECTIO excerpt

From the first chapter…

Plico sat down without invitation and pulled a folder out of his briefcase – a red one.

Hades.

Red files usually contained a maximum of half a dozen sheets, often only one. Each sheet had a unique log number. The penalty for copying anything from a red file was a minimum of […]