Out of the Blue

In late October, out of the blue, I received a message from a lovely woman at QueryLetter.com. Lana had this to say:

We spend a lot of time reading top writing blogs, and I’m pleased to inform you that we’ve selected A Writer of History for a Top Writing Blog award …. Congratulations on building one of the best writing blogs available today and for helping writers improve their craft.

Imagine my delight and surprise! The blog has previously won awards from Writers Digest on two separate occasions, so I/we must be doing something right 🙂

QueryLetter.com offers services such as query letter writing support, agent contact info, manuscript critiques, and self-publishing support. They also offer a blog with lots of writing tips. I’m grateful that they selected A Writer of History for one of this year’s awards.

But .. I couldn’t have created this blog, let alone sustained it for nine years, without your readership and encouragement, and without the help of so many authors, bloggers, and readers who have contributed posts along the way.

So this award is also for you!

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, PARIS IN RUINS, is available on Amazon USAmazon CanadaKobo, and Barnes&Noble. An earlier novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, 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 www.mktod.com.

1000 Posts – and a new novel!

I think it’s fitting that my 1000th post on A Writer of History is on pub day for Paris In Ruins, so I can celebrate both accomplishments at the same time. Had you asked me in 2012 what I imagined for the blog, I would have told you that I hoped to attract readers for my novels by talking about historical fiction. And I did attract readers – the current count is 1435 – and it’s both a joy and a blessing to be able to write for you.

Many of you are writers and I appreciate the time you take to comment on your experiences and to add your perspective to whatever topic is at hand. All of you are readers with a keen interest in historical fiction.

A Writer of History has even won some awards! Topics have varied over the years, and on many occasions, I have worried about how to keep things fresh.

Throughout it all, you’ve joined me on the journey with likes and comments and guest posts and shares. So here’s celebrating A Writer of History and the many friends I’ve made along the way.

And while we’re on the topic of celebrating, here’s to the birth of Paris In Ruins. May this new novel touch the hearts of readers far and wide.

Paris 1870. Raised for a life of parties and servants, Camille and Mariele have much in common, but it takes the horrors of war to bring them together to fight for the city and people they love.

Deeply moving and suspenseful ~~ Margaret George, author of Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero

Tod is not only a good historian, but also an accomplished writer … a gripping, well-limned picture of a time and a place that provide universal lessons ~~ Kirkus Reviews.

A few weeks after the abdication of Napoleon III, the Prussian army lays siege to Paris. Camille Noisette, the daughter of a wealthy family, volunteers to nurse wounded soldiers and agrees to spy on a group of radicals plotting to overthrow the French government. Her future sister-in-law, Mariele de Crécy, is appalled by the gaps between rich and poor. She volunteers to look after destitute children whose families can barely afford to eat.

Somehow, Camille and Mariele must find the courage and strength to endure months of devastating siege, bloody civil war, and great personal risk. Through it all, an unexpected friendship grows between the two women, as they face the destruction of Paris and discover that in war women have as much to fight for as men.

War has a way of teaching lessons—if only Camille and Mariele can survive long enough to learn them.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, PARIS IN RUINS, is available for pre-order on Amazon USAmazon CanadaKobo, and Barnes&Noble. An earlier novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, 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 www.mktod.com.

Popular Posts from 2014

Continuing to feature popular posts year by year – here’s a look at 2014. A number of these posts derive from an examination of the 2013 reader survey results.

Favourite Historical Fiction Authors from the 2013 survey  This post contains a list of favourite authors based on tabulating write-in responses from over 2000 participants in the 2013 reader survey. You can see the top 10, 20 and 30 authors.

Highlights from the 2013 reader survey of over 2000 participants plus a link to the full report. This was the second reader survey I conducted. There are surveys from 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018 as well as a survey of WWI reading conducted in 2017.

In this post, readers tell us what detracts from their enjoyment of historical fiction.

Having written three novels featuring WWI, I assembled 10 facts about WWI trenches. The post has been a perennial favourite and thousands have stopped by for a read.

The gender gap exists in reading. Not surprisingly, women and men have different reading habits and preferences. This post looks at these differences. A second post compares the favourite authors of men and women.

Comments from readers on what they love about historical fiction.

It turns out that reading preferences vary by country, which you can read about in part 1 and part 2.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.