WHAT’S THIS BLOG ABOUT? A Writer of History is a place to talk about all aspects of historical fiction. Here you will find interviews with top authors and debut authors, results of my reader surveys, musings on being a writer, research on WWI, and thoughts on the books I read.
MY BOOKS: Ever since my teenage years, I’ve had a passion for historical fiction but I never once imagined writing it until my husband’s firm sent us to Hong Kong for three years.
With no job to keep me busy, I decided to research the lives and times of my grandparents. Little did I know that I would become so fascinated with WWI trench warfare, the battle of Vimy Ridge, Canada’s spy agency in WWII and two new friends, Ann and Edward Jamieson, who bear a vague resemblance to my grandparents. Their story is now titled Unravelled – released in September 2013.
In parallel with agent hunting I began a second novel, Lies Told in Silence, a coming of age story set in France during WWI. Continuing to write took my mind off rejection letters and the deafening silence of literary agents in Canada, the US and England. Lies Told in Silence will be published in July 2014.
A third novel is underway with the working title of Time & Regret. This story is set in more contemporary times with a mystery embedded in a soldier’s WWI diaries. My muse for this novel is my husband Ian, who loves a good mystery.
MY SURVEYS: Beyond writing fiction, I’ve conducted two historical fiction reader surveys, one in 2012 and a second in 2013. The second survey attracted over 2400 participants. Survey insights seem to have created great interest amongst writers and readers and have also provided ideas on how to shape my stories and participate in this lively community. Check here for posts on results to date or sign up for A Writer of History to receive updates.