I’ve been asked a lot recently about how I wrote my first book, which was published at the end of 2017. Years of research, copious amounts of coffee, endless drafting and redrafting finally resulted in my manuscript. The manuscript eventually became the book. I wasn’t given a manual when I first decided to put pen … More Sharing the Wisdom: My Eight Top Writing Tips
I am delighted to announce that following the publication of my first book, a biography of Edward II in 2017, I have been offered and accepted a second publishing deal with Amberley Publishing. ‘Robert the Bruce: Champion of a Nation’ will be my second biography, this time focussing on the life, reign and reputation of … More STOP Press: Book II ~ Robert the Bruce: Champion of a Nation
STOP PRESS FOLKS!! At 7.30pm on Thursday 23rd November, my book ‘Edward II the Man: A Doomed Inheritance‘ will be launched at the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral, the burial place of Edward II, and you are invited. Join me for an evening talk as I re-examine Edward II both as a man and a monarch, set against the … More STOP PRESS: Edward II Book Launch & You Are Invited (7.30pm, 23rd November 2017, Gloucester Cathedral)
When is a book a book? It’s a question I’ve asked myself many times in the last few months. For those of you who have been following my blog series, ‘A Writer’s Journey’, will remember that my manuscript, ‘Edward II the Man: A Doomed Inheritance’ was submitted to my publisher Amberley at the end of … More A Writer’s Journey #7: When is a book a book?
Well folks, send out the heralds and blow the trumpets. I am delighted to announce that after weeks of discussions with my editor at Amberley, we have today signed off on the front cover of my book. Here it is…. The image is taken from a beautiful manuscript held by Corpus Christi College Cambridge, who kindly … More STOP PRESS: Book Cover
So the last few weeks have been both extremely busy but also lots of great fun. Having now moved house just because I like a challenge, Zack, my mischievous tabby and I are now unpacked and settled in. I’ve even managed to tackle the garden with the help of my mum, who after inflicting years … More A Writer’s Journey #5: ‘The Book’ begins to take shape
Writing my first book feels both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. I can only imagine it’s a bit like going to war in medieval England. You prepare your battle plan, you ready your armies of knights, archers, infantry and siege engines; you pick the best spot to have a bruising battle, and you … More A Writer’s Journey #2 (The Wobble)