Unravelled blog tour – with Helen Hollick

Unravelled Blog TourToday’s blog tour stop is with Helen Hollick, author of historical fiction and historical adventure. The topic is My Year of Reading Top Historical Fiction Authors.

Helen Hollick is one of the top 40 authors selected in last year’s reader survey and has been on A Writer of History talking about her writing. She has written several series: The Sea Witch Voyages, The Saxon Series and Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy. I’ve already enjoyed two of her novels since becoming aware of her books!

Here’s the opening few sentences:

Last year’s historical fiction survey revealed a top 40 list of authors. Some authors were already familiar to me—Elizabeth Chadwick, Sharon Kay Penman, for example—others like CW Gortner, Deanna Raybourn, and Helen Hollick were unknown. Discovering new authors is a gift and having a list with several new names felt like Christmas….

My great thanks to Helen for her support!

Unravelled Blog Tour

Unravelled: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage.

Official release: September 19, 2013

Unravelled Blog Tour

I am thrilled to announce the following participants in a blog tour for UNRAVELLED which takes place from September 16 to October 5, 2013.

  • SEPT 16 – Erin Eymard of The Bookworm’s Fancy will host my guest post on Researching Historical Fiction
  • SEPT 17 – Wanda Lynne Young will host a giveaway for Unravelled on her website Bookalicious.
  • SEPT 18 – I will be on David Lawlor’s History with a Twistwhere he celebrates the bit players of history, with the topic WWI Women Were Heroes Too
  • SEPT 19 – The Washington Independent Review of Books is hosting an article I’ve written on Top 10 Historical Fiction Authors
  • SEPT 20 – Carol Wright of Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog will review Unravelled
  • SEPT 21Deanna Raybourn, author of A Spear of Summer Grass and many other novels, has my post on Becoming a Historical Fiction Writer. Giveaway included.
  • SEPT 21 – I’ve written a post about WWI Journals for Evangeline Holland’s Edwardian Promenade, a wonderful source of Edwardian history
  • SEPT 22 – Tara Wagg at Boomda’s Little Corner (don’t you love that name) will review Unravelled and offer a giveaway copy
  • SEPT 23Christy English, author of Love on a Midsummer Night, does a Q&A about my writing
  • SEPT 24 – Sheilagh Lee is reviewing Unravelled on her blog Fear Not the Darkness and will also offer a giveaway
  • SEPT 25Christy English returns with a book giveaway on her blog
  • SEPT 26 – I’ll be talking about Becoming a Writer on Jenny Toney Quinlan’s blog Let Them Read Books
  • SEPT 27 – Amy Bruno will publish my article Ingredients of Favorite Historical Fiction on her blog Passages to the Past
  • SEPT 28 – Cyn Gagen will do a book review and giveaway on Creative Cynchronicity
  • SEPT 29 – Jenn Annis reviews Unravelled as a guest blogger on Genuine Jenn and will offer a giveaway
  • SEPT 30 – Wanda Lynne Young of Yummy Mummy Club’s Bookalicious hosts my article about books that influenced my writing
  • OCT 1 – I will be guest posting on Helen Hollick’s blog Of History and Kings; Helen writes historical fiction and historical adventure
  • OCT 5 – Meg Wessell will review Unravelled on her blog A Bookish Affair

I am truly honoured to have so many wonderful bloggers and authors take an interest in the release of Unravelled. Their blogs are full of interesting information on books, history, writing and other topics and I hope you will check them all out.

Advice From Top Historical Fiction Authors

When I interviewed some of the top 20 historical fiction authors, I asked each one what advice they would offer to other writers. Here’s what they said.

  • Find a story you are really committed to; write the story that’s in your heart; write what you want (Hilary Mantel, Susan Higginbotham, Helen Hollick)
  • Find an agent if at all possible (Sharon Key Penman)
  • Read and research widely and diligently, then let it simmer (Hilary Mantel, Elizabeth Chadwick)
  • Educate yourself on the world of e-books and self-publishing (Sharon Kay Penman)
  • Trust your gut (CW Gortner)
  • Find your unique voice (CW Gortner)
  • Master your craft (CW Gortner)
  • Shape your drama around history (Hilary Mantel)
  • Don’t bend the facts (Hilary Mantel)
  • Treat historical figures with respect (Susan Higginbotham, Elizabeth Chadwick)
  • Enjoy yourself (Elizabeth Chadwick)
  • Be proud of what you do (Margaret George)
  • Never give up; keep writing (CW Gortner, Michelle Moran)

So, if you are feeling daunted by feedback from your agent, uncertain of plot direction, distracted by Facebook, Twitter and other tools, proud of the day’s word count, disappointed with yet another rejection, exhilarated by some accomplishment, envious of a fellow author’s progress, pleased that you survived NaNoWriMo, or struggling for exactly the right turn of phrase – think of these writers who trod the same path and achieved success.

Listen to their advice, allow it to permeate your writer’s soul.