Guns n’ things in Roma Nova

This could be a tricky subject, but if your stories have spies, special forces, military and special police units with a robust Roman attitude, you are going to get weapons of one sort or another. Anything else would be unrealistic.

However, my books are about people, not a way of seeing […]

INSURRECTIO – a powerful thriller speaks to our times

I was thrilled to receive a very thoughtful review of INSURRECTIO this week.

BookBabe blog headed the review as “Meeting the challenge of keeping a prequel trilogy thrilling”, which is a writing technique, and a trick I’m delighted to see that she says I’ve pulled off!

However, it became clear as I read through […]

Lingua latina in Roma Nova

Salvete!

Fear not, I’m not going to write this post all in Latin, but I thought I’d make a glossary of words used in the Roma Nova novels. Some are Latin, some derived from Roman customs or functions.

You’ll only find them sprinkled here and there in the books, something novelists do to add […]

Roma Nova - romantic?

“I hate romantic fiction – I wouldn’t let my wife read it!” This was how one over-excited male member(!) of a writing group greeted my first pages of INCEPTIO where the heroine meets the hero.

A real gladius point through my neck, but I toughed up like a true Roman and politely pointed out […]

AURELIA - Editor's Choice at the Historical Novel Society

High whoops as I discovered that AURELIA had been selected as an indie Editor’s Choice when this quarter’s Historical Novel Society’s reviews were released on 1 August.

To be chosen for an HNS review is the first step; not every book gets past this stage. To receive a good review from this well-respected society is […]

Rossiter Books - an evening of writing alternatively and fun!

Liesel Schwarz and I had such a fun evening last Thursday in Ross-on-Wye enthusing with a great audience about steampunk and alternative history that we haven’t been able to stop talking about it!

Very well attended, there was even had a 13-year old aspiring author who came up and ask us about writing which, as […]