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A wonderful indie duet – meet Mary Anne and Sayara

Time for yet another post featuring some of the talented authors I’ve met via social media and the like. Today, I am proud to have Sayara StClair and Mary Anne Yarde as my guests. These ladies write books that have very little in common – beyond the fact that they are very, very well-written. Sayara …

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Welcoming two more wonderful indie writers – meet Jessie and Cryssa

This week, I am happy to have Cryssa Bazos and Jessie Cahalin popping by for a visit. Cryssa and I have met. We share a passion for the 17th century – and numbers, seeing as we both have financial careers. Jessie is one of those people it is difficult NOT to meet if one hangs …

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Oh, a writer’s life is a wonderful life – ask Annie and Heather!

It is strange how we meet people these days. Both ladies who are visiting my blog today are social media acquaintances. In the case of Heather King, we have run into each other on FB where she runs a couple of groups aimed at increasing author visibility. Heather writes Regency romance *sighs happily* I LOVE …

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More Wonderful authors – Meet Elizabeth St John and Terry Tyler

Time for my next Indie author duo, the third in my series “The Wonderful Life of an Indie Author”. Today, I’ve paired a lady who writes post-apocalyptical series and thrillers with a writer of 17th century historicals – maybe because Terry Tyler has written a number of books set in present time but with the …

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The Wonderful life of an Indie author – Meet suspenseful duo Alison and Kathleen!

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing two more Indie authors to you. I have known Alison Morton for several years and am a big, big, BIG fan of her Roma Nova books. Kathleen Harryman is a somewhat newer acquaintance, having left me with no nails at all as I read one of her books …

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The Wonderful life of an indie writer – meet Helen and Lisette!

I have decided to broaden my blog a bit by doing a series of posts about Indie writers. My first thought was to feature five or so in one post, but I must have disconnected my brain when I had that idea seeing as I forgot that authors in general are verbal creatures, i.e. the …

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Like Bambi on ice

I am stepping out of my comfort zone, peeps. Not a thing I like to do—I guess none of us do. And yet, unless we take that deep breath and jump, we will not grow, not reach our full potentials. Or so I tell myself, at least. Specifically, I am working on the finishing touches …

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Is freezing in a garret a prerequisite?

There is this rather romanticised (and antiquated) idea that great art is created by young (mostly) male wannabees who laugh cruel fate in the face while they continue with their creative endeavours, no matter chillblains and empty stomachs, ice-cold draughts and ragged clothes. Our literary hero hoards his candle stumps so as to light his …

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What if? A speculative exercise

One of the more enjoyable pastimes a history buff can indulge in, is the “what if” game. What if Francisco Pizarro had been murdered by the Incas? What if Henri II of France had not had his eye penetrated by a lance? What if Julius Caesar had survived the plot to kill him? Or if …

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No, no, no! Please don't die! – of the constraints imposed by reality

I write historical fiction, and as such I am a big fan of knowing my period and the important players of the time. However, my first series featured a time-traveller and her 17th century husband, a couple affected by what was happening round them – Matthew Graham is obliged to uproot himself and his family …

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