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 the era I’m writing about, 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. That story is now titled Unravelled: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. [available in paperback from Amazon (US, Canada and elsewhere), and in e-book formats from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and on iTunes.]
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. [available in paperback from Amazon and in e-book formats from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and iTunes.]
Time and Regret is my third novel set to release in August 2016 with the great folks at Lake Union Publishing. 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 three reader surveys, in 2012, 2013 and 2015 attracting more than 5,000 participants in total. 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 the menu item at the top labelled READER SURVEYS for details or this link to take you to the 2015 results.