New look + new features

After ten years of blogging and over 1000 posts, I’m unveiling a new look and features of A Writer of History. They’re designed to improve your reading experience and enhance your ability to find relevant material.

Home page

Two handy drop-down menus across the home page – the top menu features 6 topics. Clicking on any of these topics leads you to a collection of related articles. The second menu gives you a direct link to each of the reader survey reports, information about my novels, and some of my favourite blogs and other sources. The most recent post is prominently featured below the photo.

Home page – posts organized by topic

Looking for research tips and techniques, books I’ve read, or an in-depth look at the 7 Elements of Historical fiction? Just click on one of these topic-oriented buttons and you’ll find the many posts I and others have written. Scroll down a little further on the home page and you’ll discover additional topics:

  • Reader Surveys – posts that report on survey results and analysis
  • Successful Historical Fiction – authors give their views on what makes historical fiction successful
  • Writing Craft – posts on the craft of writing including topics like character arcs, plotting, and pacing
  • Author Entrepreneur – a focus on being an indie author
  • Author Advice – words of wisdom from top historical fiction authors like Elizabeth Chadwick, C.W. Gortner, Hilary Mantel, and Sharon Kay Penman
  • Writing About War – four of my novels feature war so it’s not surprising that this might deserve a special focus

For first-time visitors, I’ve included a list of Popular Posts plus an easy spot to subscribe to the blog and to my once-a-quarter newsletters. And then there’s the usual About and Connect pages as well as information about my Novels.

And there you have it. Months of work to design and develop a new look and new features with the wonderful assistance of Katie Birks Branding & Design. I hope you like it! Please pass the link around to others – both fans of historical fiction and writers of historical fiction.


M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel is THE ADMIRAL’S WIFE, a dual timeline set in Hong Kong. Mary’s other novels, PARIS IN RUINS, TIME AND REGRET, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from AmazonNookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads or on her website

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27 Responses

    1. Many thanks, Elinor. It’s my way of giving back to our robust and supportive historical fiction community.

  1. The remodel looks fantastic, Mary! Congratulations! My thanks to you and Katie Birks for all your hard work put into this site. It’s a wonderful resource for historical fiction authors and readers alike.

  2. A lovely new site with great features! Thanks for all the hard work that went into this redesign, and even more for all the top-quality articles and features.

    By the way, I knotted my long strand of pearls just like the admiral’s wife, although I’m far from being that young, thin, and attractive!

  3. Mary, I’ve been following you for many years and your new website is
    wonderful. I can’t wait to read your new posts and delve into what is
    new. Congratulations and thanks for all the useful information.

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