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 […]

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 […]

Historical fiction set in the ancient world

I was delighted to receive the quarterly jewel, the Historical Novel Review, May 2016 edition, published by the Historical Novel Society.  Even more delighted as my writing friend Judith Starkston had written a terrific article about ancient world themed historical fiction.

She asked several authors for contributions – Maggie Anton, Geraldine Brooks, Gary Corby, Ruth […]

INSURRECTIO is Historical Novel Society Editor's Choice!

Talk about unexpected! You write a book, possibly the fifth in a series, launch it, get some lovely reviews, some friendly blog guest posts and general congratulations then you go back to writing the next one. Imagine when an email pings into your inbox saying this book has been reviewed by the Historical Novel Society and chosen […]

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 […]

AURELIA down to the final four of 2016 HNS Indie Award!

Great excitement in Roma Nova! AURELIA was selected as Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society Indie reviews in autumn 2015 and went forward to be longlisted for the 2016 HNS Indie Award along with 37 others. In January, a shortlist of nine was selected and today (30 March), the final four were announced and AURELIA […]