In 1789 struggling writer Ben Dearlove rescues a woman from a furious Covent Garden mob. The woman is ill and in her delirium cries out the name “Miranda”. Weeks later an anonymous novel about the voyage of the Miranda to the fabled Great Southern Continent causes a sensation. Ben decides to find the author everyone is talking about. He is sure the woman can help him – but she has disappeared.
It is soon clear that Ben is involved in something more dangerous than the search for a reclusive writer. Who is the woman and what is she running from? Who is following Ben? And what is the Admiralty trying to hide? Before he can discover the shocking truth, Ben has to get out of prison, catch a thief, and bring a murderer to justice.
Thank you for inviting me onto your blog and asking such interesting questions!
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I write every day and I have a lovely study to work in. It’s got floor-to-ceiling books and a ladder!
– Do you have a certain ritual?
No ritual apart from sitting down at my desk after breakfast and starting. My routine is to spend the mornings writing (fiction or non-fiction depending on which project I’m working on – at the moment it’s the next Dan Foster Mystery), and the afternoon on research, marketing, preparing talks, writing blogs, admin and so on. Though it’s not always so clear-cut, it depends on what needs doing.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Tea (decaffeinated). With the more than occasional biscuit.
– What is your favourite book?
I love so many books but I would say that my all time favourite is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It’s a book I’ve read many times. I love Jane’s independence and determination to live as much as possible on her own terms in spite of all the things that are against her.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Yes, I’d like to write a fantasy novel. I read a lot of fantasy fiction and just love it. My favourite fantasy author is Robin Hobb, especially her Farseer Trilogy.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I have once or twice consciously done this, but on the whole it’s not something I do.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I do take a notebook which I use for jotting down ideas. I’m a bit obsessed with nice notebooks; whenever I go to the Fitzwilliam, Ashmolean, V & A or elsewhere I always browse their stationery departments. It will be so nice when we’re able to start making such visits again.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Romance is not really to my taste, though that’s not to say I don’t like a story with a romantic element. I enjoy detective fiction, especially Golden Age (Dorothy L Sayers is one of my favourite writers), historical fiction, and fantasy (as mentioned). I read a lot of biographies and history too.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I am already co-authoring a book on women’s suffrage!
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’d love to travel around Scandinavia so I had better think up a story I could set there to justify the trip…
Thank you, Lucienne Boyce and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Lucienne Boyce writes historical fiction, non-fiction and biography. After gaining an MA in English Literature, specialising in eighteenth-century fiction, she published her first historical novel, To The Fair Land (SilverWood Books, 2012, reissued 2021), an eighteenth-century thriller set in Bristol and the South Seas.
Her second novel, Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery (SilverWood Books, 2015) is the first of the Dan Foster Mysteries and follows the fortunes of a Bow Street Runner who is also an amateur pugilist. Bloodie Bones was joint winner of the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016, and was also a semi-finalist for the M M Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction 2016. The second Dan Foster Mystery, The Butcher’s Block, was published in 2017 and was awarded an IndieBrag Medallion in 2018. The third in the series, Death Makes No Distinction, was published in 2019 and is also an IndieBrag Medallion honoree, recipient of Chill With a Books Premium Readers’ Award, and a joint Discovering Diamonds Book of the Month. In 2017 an e-book Dan Foster novella, The Fatal Coin, was trade published by SBooks.
In 2013, Lucienne published The Bristol Suffragettes (SilverWood Books), a history of the suffragette movement in Bristol and the west country. In 2017 she published a collection of short essays, The Road to Representation: Essays on the Women’s Suffrage Campaign.
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