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Archive for April, 2013


As you can see I’ve got the virtual paintbrushes out and have been looking around the WordPress branch of B&Q and have chosen a new layout for the blog. I’ve been trying out widgets and subsections and it all seems to be OK. Let us know what you think.



Today I have been published in an online journal called FlashFlood:

Take a look at the other writers on here. There is much talent around at the moment. If you like reading or writing flash fiction then have a look at this:

And I managed to get through a whole post on flash fiction without mentioning Flash Gordon!

Marching on Through Time

See what I did there? Here is what I read in March.

1) Tyrant by Christian Cameron ( Set during the time of Alexander the Great. Ancient Greece has not really been touched by historical fiction authors from what I can find although there are a few books about.

2) Sharpe’s Fortress by Bernard Cornwell. The last of the novels set during Richard Sharpe’s time in India.

3) Hannibal: Enemy of Rome by Ben Kane ( Set during the Second Punic War between the Roman Republic and Carthage. Very readable.

The next few books are going to be largely set in the Roman Empire. This is a very popular time period for historical novelists, as was discussed at the Historical Novel Conference I went to in September. Here is some very interesting figures from the Society about what centuries are popular with writers: