11th April. Today I am a guest
of Anastasia Pollock, crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth, on her blog,
Crafty Knitters. My article features naval captain, Edward Howard, the hero of
my novel, The Captain and The Countess. Edward’s outstanding artistic ability
makes him more perceptive than most gentlemen in Queen Anne Stuart’s reign,
Hooray. By almost ignoring social media for four months I have just
finished researching, revising and editing my new 85,000 word historical novel.
Three more chapters to post, one by one, to my online critique group. After I
receive constructive feedback, I'll put the novel aside for a month before I
read through it and make minor corrections etc.
This morning, I also worked in the garden, I planted a rosemary bush
that languished in a plant pot all winter. At one end of an eight foot by five
foot vegetable patch, I planted yellow gladioli in groups of five, removed
tete-a-tete daffodils from pots and interspersed them with the gladioli. They
will flower against the backdrop of the holly bush and make a splash of colour.
I also raked the bed and worked potato fertiliser into it before planting
chitted second early potatoes. Phew! I shall put my feet up and read for
I'm have returned to social media after two months during which I have been very productive. I finished the third of my days of the week series, Tuesday's Child and have nearly finished editing and revising it with the online critique group that I am a member of. Two of my Flash Fiction stories won second prizes at the Watford Writers, the group I belong to, and I've written a short story for a weekly woman's magazine. I also double checked the spelling and grammar in my mediaeval novel set in the reign of Edward II. Phew! And now it's nearly time to write a competition entry, a short story and begin a new novel, as well as getting on in my garden in which I grow, fruit, herbs, ornamentals and vegetables.
I was fortunate to be born and brought up in the South East of England. This area with its varied countryside, towns and places of interest inspired the locations in my novel, Tangled Hearts.
Today, I live in Hertfordshire. When I look up from my computer I have a view of my organic garden in which I grow fruit, herbs and vegetables; beyond the hedge is a green and beyond that woodland that has survived since mediaeval times. In good weather, I sit outside and work on my laptop drawing inspiration from the peaceful surrounding.
I’ve always enjoyed reading historical novels and historical non-fiction and am so pleased to have a novel set in Queen Anne's reign accepted. Whenever I mention Queen Anne, most people are uncertain and want to know who she was, so, I hope you will find Tangled Hearts interesting.
Time spent with my family, who live near me in Hertfordshire, England, is precious and my grandchildren share most of my interests. One of them, a six year old, is keen to help me write my next novel for you.