Thanks to Judi Moore, multi-talented author of “Is death really necessary?” for inviting me to join the blog tour that hunts out the answers to four questions. Mercifully, "Is death really necessary?" isn't one of them. Judi’s answers can be found here. Mine are below. I'm charged with handing on the baton, and have contacted … Continue reading Blog tour: My writing process
I've just finished checking through the proofs of the next Ruso novel, TABULA RASA, which will be out in the summer. (It's set during the building of Hadrian's Wall, in case anyone's wondering.) Either Bloomsbury's typesetters are impressively accurate or I'm a rubbish proofreader, because there seemed to be hardly any typos to correct. So, … Continue reading Emergency surgery with a biro
One of the perils of combining a haphazard approach to research with a terrible memory is that I often recall useful things that I read a long time ago, but it's impossible to quote them because I no longer know where they were. Worse, I sometimes wonder whether they really existed or whether I made … Continue reading Can I try that question again, please?
A friend recently sent me this link to news of MASTERPIECE, a “reality show for writers” soon to be broadcast on Italian television. I read the article with mounting amazement, wondering, who on earth would go in for something like that? And then I remembered. It started with a conversation over the wine and peanuts … Continue reading Writing – a spectator sport ?
They say you should put the important information at the top of a piece, just in case nobody reads any further, so here it is - I'll be at Calne Library in Wiltshire this Tuesday evening with the irrepressible Ben Kane, author of Roman military fiction and owner of a pair of repro Roman boots … Continue reading And there’s more…
Sometimes I can't believe the amazing places writers get to sneak into. Next weekend I'll be privileged to be involved in three fabulous events. If you're anywhere near any of them please do come and join us. I've mentioned the first two before, but here they are again - Friday 1st November - at Eton … Continue reading What a weekend!
While I'm busy talking, two friends will be sending their new books out into the world this month. Good luck to Rebecca Alexander, whose debut THE SECRETS OF LIFE AND DEATH has just been launched by Del Rey. My copy hasn't arrived yet but I've read some of the early chapters of the book that … Continue reading Meanwhile…
[*or girl - Ed.] For those of us who sit hunched over a computer all day, a chance to get out and meet real people is very exciting. I'll be taking part in several events over the next few weeks so if you're able to join us, please come and say hello. 16 October - … Continue reading Events, dear boy,* events
...and now I'm about to be in one. Ladies and gentlemen, for your entertainment and edification, this coming Thursday a varied group of writers will be presenting a round of blog posts entitled: Goodness knows what will be on offer as to the best of my knowledge, hardly anyone knows what anyone else has chosen … Continue reading Last month I didn’t know what a Blog Hop was…
I was going to start this post with the Goebbels quote, "The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed." Unfortunately it turns out that Goebbels probably never said it. According to this site, what he actually said was, "The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick … Continue reading Fiction and Fakery