Surprise and pleasure at a woman leading the action

Not, not me in ‘combat bookseller’ mode! But…

Last weekend, I attended a marché de Noël – Christmas fair – near where I live in southwest France. I chatted with local English friends, met real ones who had only been Facebook friends until then and made new ones. I had a fascinating discussion about Romans […]

Women as heroes?

All fictional characters are, er, fictional. We borrow, mine, or lift characteristics from Real Life, but unless we want to get sued, the finally moulded form is a construct. We can gender mirror (I love using that expression – also made up), we can speculate, we can imagine.

Ditto the setting. Even if your thriller […]

Roma Novan heroines and gender pressure on men

The heroines we’ve met in the first three books, Carina and Aurelia Mitela, are ‘tough gals’; dedicated, strong-willed, physically and mentally resilient and tied into their sense of history and duty. Underlying all this, their driving force is their self-belief.

Carina, despite her disrupted childhood and separation from Roma Nova until she was twenty-four, has […]