The Lady of the Tower | Historic Heroine Talk

I’m excited about giving a talk to a local book club today – one of my favourite things to do. They’ve just read The Lady of the Tower, and I can’t wait to chat about their thoughts, explore what it was like to be a 17th Century woman, who lived in the Tower of London. Here’s a ZOOM lecture I gave in the middle of COVID as part of the Lydiard Friends Online Lecture Series, where I talk about researching and writing The Lady of the Tower.

My 15 minutes of fame in the local paper…

I was a bit nervous when I was interviewed – I was sure I’d rabbited on about all kinds of nerdy details, as only historical fiction authors can. But, so delighted with this very nice article in the Rancho Santa Fe Review. And I’m so looking forward to my talk and the workshops I’ll be teaching at the Senior Center! And yes, that’s Mo in the background, mucking about on my desk, as usual! Here’s a link to the article. Rancho Santa Fe Review

Read an excerpt and get fabulously lost in 17th Century Scotland for a few minutes!

I’m absolutely delighted to be showcasing Anna Belfrage’s classic timeslip A Rip in the Veil. This was the first book of Anna’s I read, and probably still remains my favourite. A gorgeous Scottish setting, a dashing hero, a captivating heroine…read an excerpt here and see if you agree! Thanks for stopping by, Anna!

Classic Historical Scottish Timeslip | A Rip in the Veil by Anna Belfrage

Today’s the Ten Year Anniversary of the Confirmation of Richard III’s Remains

Ten years ago today the University of Leicester and Philippa Langley confirmed that the remains discovered in a parking lot were those of Richard III, killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. As part of my research for The Godmother’s Secret, I spent time at the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester, completely enthralled in the brilliant displays and information concerning his life and death, and I highly recommend a visit. Totally immersive, I wasn’t prepared for the emotional reaction I would have when standing on the glass floor over the pit where he was interred, a hologram depicting the position of his remains. As historical fiction authors, we love to spend time in archives, libraries and the sites where our characters lived…and died. This day at Leicester, along with walking across the fields and through the woods of Bosworth, really brought to life and inspired The Godmother’s Secret. Here’s a link to the Richard III Visitor Center:

Rosalind by Jessie Mills | A featured extract from this fascinating novel

‘A luminous, pin-sharp portrait of a true trailblazer. Mills’s writing simply glows.’ Zoë Howe, Author, Artist and RLF Writing Fellow at Newnham College, University of Cambridge
Rosalind: DNA’s Invisible Woman tells the true story of the woman who discovered the structure of DNA, whose work was co-opted by three men who won a Nobel prize for the discovery.

Read an Extract here

On the Death of a King, and the Birth of a Republic | Memoirs that Inspired The Lydiard Chronicles

Luce Hutchinson’s mother, Lucy St.John, dreamed of a prophecy that her daughter would be of eminence. She saw a star fall from the skies and land in her hand as she walked in the gardens of the Tower of London. Her daughter was born there, 400 years ago. This theme of destiny is woven through my novel Written in their Stars, and the St.John family motto, Data Fata Secutus, roughly translates as “Following his alloted fate”. On the night of Luce’s 29th birthday, her husband signed the death warrant of Charles I, thus sealing the fate of England’s monarchy — and my family. Lucy Hutchinson’s extraordinary account of her and her husband’s life during England’s Civil War is memorialised in her first-hand account: Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson. One of the first examples of women diarists in English literature, Lucy’s memoirs inspired my trilogy, The Lydiard Chronicles.