I was delighted to do this email interview with the fantastic Sally Zigmond on her blog. Great questions!
So the book is out, the champagne has been drunk and I am back at my desk admiring the lovely flowers my publishers sent. I am wishing the book best of luck out in the big, bad world and getting on with writing the next one.
I write a blog for The History Girls every month, and the last few posts have been about elements of the Paris Winter, the research and the background so I thought I’d just give those links here.
First of all though, here’s something nice the Daily Mail said about me:
And these are those pieces by me:
The Floods of 1910 and why they were an inspiration. Includes links to some great photographs.
And very nice they were too.
And very nice it seems too so far. You can follow me with the link on the right of the screen if you wish…
I don’t get as much time as I would like these days to read and write poetry, which is a shame. After all, it is only because I started attending poetry workshops with Roddy Lumsden that I ended up writing for a living. I suppose that makes Roddy and all the other poets I met in the workshops sort of honorary god-parents to Harriet and Crowther. Now and them though I get tempted back to poetry, normally when I get offered biscuits or the opportunity to write about them.
Amy Key and Charlotte Runcie have but together a pop-up poetry collection of cakes, chocolate chips and baking in general and I’ve got a poem there today. Whatever you think of my contribution, I promise there are lots of sweet treats to be found on their site. Here is the link.
I’ve blogged about one of the inspirations of Circle of Shadows, the remarkable Count Cagliostro, on The History Girls Blog this week.
Not short of news on the writing front either.
On Thursday I’m at the very fancy shindig for the CWA Dagger Awards. I’m on the shortlist for the Dagger in the Library, which is wonderful. I don’t think I’ve much chance of winning it frankly, but it’ll be a great party.
This weekend, 7th July, I’m at the West Meon Festival of Books with Frank Bernard and Seth Hunter talking about Historical Fiction.
So now I can settle down to the edits on the latest novel then start my reading for the next which will be another Harriet and Crowther mystery. Only I keep getting distracted when I spot my new wedding ring…