You have to know history before you can 'alternate' it

Roma Novan heroines, ancient and modern

To write alternative history with authenticity, it’s helpful to be as well-versed and researched as an author writing a more conventional historical novel.

Let me unpick that… Alternate (or alternative) history is based on the premise that the standard timeline diverged at a certain point and followed […]

Day at the Museum

No, not the reverse of the Ben Stiller movie, but a completely self-indulgent day at the Museum of London which is where I took these photos.

Whenever I view Roman rooms/galleries anywhere, I’m always struck by just how much ‘stuff‘ the Romans left behind. Moreover, what we’ve unearthed was what people threw away, dropped, left […]

How to look like a Roma Novan Praetorian

Egged on (albeit genteely) by fellow authors going to the Eboracum Roman Festival, I decided to try and put together the kind of uniform worn by Carina and Aurelia during their service in the Praetorian Guard Special Forces in Roma Nova. The others were wearing Roman dress of the period of their books so for […]