The Ninth Century, Book 1
They sent three hundred warriors to kill one man. It wasn’t enough. Mercia lies broken but not beaten, her alliance with Wessex in tatters. Coelwulf, a fierce and bloody warrior, hears whispers that Mercia has been betrayed from his home in the west. He fears no man, especially not the Vikings sent to hunt him down. To discover the truth of the rumours he hears, Coelwulf must travel to the heart of Mercia, and what he finds there will determine the fate of Mercia, as well as his own.
Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?
Sorry, no I don’t. Not because I don’t like them. I’ve honestly never tried.
Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
I’m not sure. I know my Mum liked to read, I used to read lots of her books. But, my love of reading is thanks to my uncle, who brought me a series of books when I was ten, and I’ve never looked back since then.
When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?
I’ve never done this, no. It’s quite a good ideaJ
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Many of them are historical characters, so I don’t have much choice. For some of my more modern books, I tend to use the Office for National Statistics records for most popular names for that period. I’ve also used family names for one of my historical mysteries.
Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?
No. But I like to help fellow authors with their editing and story development.
If a movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
The way it was created.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I don’t know if I’d like to interview them, but I’d like to have a chat with Lewis Hamilton. I used his rivalry with Nico Rosberg as the basis for one of my books. I know – a bit weird.
Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
I don’t tend to do this, but I do hunt down lots of research, and I do like to acknowledge my sources in the back of books.
Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
I might ask someone to read a scene and let me know if it works, but I don’t usually like to spoil the story for my beta readers first.
What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)
I’m not sure I have a preference, but I do find it interesting when people write long and appreciative reviews, and then give a low score, and when people give a high score, but nothing further. I appreciate all reviews and ratings. They sometimes tell me something about my book that I might not have realised.
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About the Author
I’m an author of historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest, as well as two 20th-century mysteries). I was born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since 1066. Raised in the shadow of a strange little building, told from a very young age that it housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia and that our garden was littered with old pieces of pottery from a long-ago battle, it’s little wonder that my curiosity in Early England ran riot. I can only blame my parents!
I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!
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