Connect with M.K. Tod


WHO AM I? My name is Mary Tod writing under the pen name M.K. Tod. I can be reached via email at mktod [at] bell [dot] net. and on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads.

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 released 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 (use the sign-up widget on left hand side) to receive updates.

20 thoughts on “Connect with M.K. Tod”

  1. Hi Mary, thanks for your comment on my blog the other day! It’s been a little sparsely updated of late as I’ve been working on my dissertation, which is now thankfully handed in! I was writing about the relationship between academic history and historical fiction, and I found your survey and blog through joining the HNS to gain some insight into the historical fiction side of things. I found the results of your survey (which I filled in) really interesting, especially the gender analysis – unfortunately I wasn’t able to explore this thoroughly within the word limit of my dissertation, but it certainly appealed to my general interests!

    Thank you for the link to ‘Letter to My Daughter,’ I really enjoyed reading it. I’m very tempted to find a copy of The Feminine Mystique to add to my to-read pile now! I would love to read any further letters you write.

    I wish you all the best with publishing your novels – my sister is a great enthusiast for WW1/WW2 novels, and I’m a great enthusiast for any historical novel!

  2. Hi, Thanks for your recent comment on my Vintage blog. Much as I love Vintage I also have a passion for History, especially Historical novels and I love writing. I am a reviewer here in the Uk for the Indie section of HNS (Historical Novel Society) I will certainly be regularly flying by to catch up on your blog ;)

  3. Hi Mary, I’d love to contact you regarding your research regarding historical fiction readers, but I don’t see an email on your site here. Your information would be helpful for a panel I’m moderating at HNS. Could you please email me directly via artandwords [at] optonline dot net? Thanks!

  4. Hi Mary, thanks for your encouragement. You research regarding historical fiction readers sounds interesting. I am a fan.

  5. I’m so happy to have found your blog! It looks fantastic. As a writer of historical fiction you would have thought I may have discovered the Historical Novel Society sooner, but it wasn’t until my book was made an Editor’s Choice pick that I actually got involved. What an exciting world we live in. I can’t wait to read all the info you have here. :) BTW, your book cover looks wonderful.

    • Many thanks Middlemay Farm … HNS is a great group to get involved with. So many supportive writers and interesting information. Congrats on the Editor’s Choice pick. I hope you enjoy trolling through A Writer of History :-)

  6. Your books sound great! I was directed over to you from the historical fiction survey. I have written a cozy historical series (am seeking agent again) and a YA mystery. Passionate about them but told a lot that historical is hard to sell. But there’s nothing so rewarding as recreating that past world. And I love research.

  7. Can’t find an e-mail, but wanted to know if you are giving out review copies of your book.

    It sounds fabulous.


    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

  8. I have been reading the summary of novels about WWl in the HNR but I see that there is no mention of my ‘Leonora’ trilogy. DAUGHTERS OF WAR; PASSIONS OF WAR; and HARVEST OF WAR were published by Severn House in 2011 and 2012 . They were inspired by the lives of three remarkable women: Mabel Stobart, the founder of the Women’s Sick and Wounded Convoy, which did wonderful service in Serbia; Grace Ashley Smith, the commandant of the FANY, the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, who were the first women to drive ambulances under fire in France, and Flora Sands, who fought with the Serbian army and was given the rank of sergeant, the first woman to be accepted as a fighting soldier in a regular army. It is sad that their names seem to have been forgotten.

    • Many thanks for your comment, Hilary. We had so many books to choose from, the decision was to concentrate on novels and those written quite recently. In addition, Lucy and I read five novels each while our colleague, Emma Cazabonne, read one in French – definitely a significant time commitment as you can imagine. I would welcome hearing from you about your Leonora trilogy with the possibility of a guest post here on A Writer of History.

  9. Thank you for visiting my website.

    At the moment I’m reading Fighting on The Home Front – The Legacy of Women in World War One by Kate Adie.

    I have it in mind to fictionalise some family history.

    I’ve added Lies told in Silence to my to be read list.

    By chance, I’ve been researching Belgium today. Brussels on June 14 and 15, 1814,

    All the best,
    Rosemary Morris
    Historical Novelist

  10. I’d heard about your site, Mary, but never seen it until now and am glad I have. We share an interest in the First World War, my historical specialty, about which I’ve also written a pile of novels, though none published. We also share a blog theme (Chateau?), though you’ve done much more with yours than I have; I’ve been up about two weeks and can just barely manage the technical side of posting. If you’d care to, please visit my site, You may be interested in my review of Helen Dunmore, “The Lie.”

    I notice you’ve written about Vimy Ridge. My research usually leads me toward other aspects of the war (though of course I know about them), but if you need any sources regarding Belgium, just let me know.

    Larry Zuckerman

    • Many thanks for visiting – and how intriguing to know that my blog is gaining a reputation! I’m very pleased you stopped by. And glad to see another WWI writer out there! Do yours concentrate on military aspects?

      • Only in that I deal with the invasion and occupation of Belgium, which was what my second nonfiction book was about (The Rape of Belgium), so it’s civilians vs the military.

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