Mel and the French Army

Mel/Mélisende is a sergent-chef in the French Armée de Terre (land forces), equivalent to junior warrant officer in the UK forces. She chose to join as a direct entrant at the non-commissioned officer (NCO) level at 18. She could have gone to the officer training school at Saint-Cyr, but she had itchy feet after leaving […]

Double Identity launches!

Today’s the day! Although I’ve launched nine fiction books before, all in the Roma Nova thriller series, this tenth one feels different.

I know the world of Roma Nova inside out (and there’s another book in draft), but the new Mélisende series is set in the real world. Well, as real world as any fictional […]

Poitou – Mélisende's ancient homeland

Poitou – the grain bowl of Europe (Author photo)

In Double Identity, Mel’s surname – des Pittones – is based on the Pictones, a Celtic tribe in ancient Gaul, a tribe that gave its name to Poitou in western France. And her family has been settled in the area for hundreds and hundreds […]