Bookworm, writer, radio host—I blog about history, fiction, and publishing in the Internet Age. You can find the full blog on my website. This space is for books.
Normally I don't share links to blog posts about writing/publishing here, but all of you who can't finish books because they go into print without proper editing, typesetting, and proofing may appreciate this one from last Friday: “Catching Fleas.” And yes, I haven’t actually vanished from the planet, but I'm off work and in heavy-duty writing mode at present, plus I am in various stages of that editing, typesetting, and proofing for no fewer than four Five Directions Press titles due out in the next six months—including The Falcon Strikes, book 2 in Gabrielle Mathieu’s historical fantasy series, shown here.
Interview with the author at New Books in Historical Fiction. He's a journalist by training and inclination, as well as a former radio host, so lots of fun to listen to even if the book is not your usual cup of tea.
Q&A with the author, Lissa Evans, on my blog this week. The book has been renamed Their Finest for its US release, which took place last month, and as the new cover shows, it’s on its way to becoming a film—which seems appropriate for a book about screenwriting in World War II.
And for those still looking for books to go under that Christmas tree (or whatever other winter holiday symbol you care to adopt), here are my suggestions of “Books for the Fireside,” including this one, published just today.
It's the winter holidays. The first snow has just appeared outside my window. What's better than a blazing fire, hot cocoa, a snuggly cat or two, and a good book? For some suggestions for titles along those roads less traveled, including Ann Swinfen's new Oxford Medieval Mystery series, see the December 2016 "Books We Loved" post from Five Directions Press.
This week's post, "Future Past, and Past Future," looks at the Tearling series as a whole.
This week's blog post explores themes from my New Books in Historical Fiction interview with Ursula LeCoeur, about this book and its predecessors.
More recommendations for that bulging TBR list: Five Directions Press's monthly roundup of "Books We Loved."
Interview with Annabel Fielding is this week's blog post. A maid and her mistress find each other amid the swirling right-wing politics of Britain between the wars. A new and different—if not always perfectly edited—take on the Mosley scandal and the rise of fascism in Europe.
Just realized how long it's been since I posted to this site. Sorry about that!
Five Directions Press, the publishing coop that I co-founded, has just released a sparkling new contemporary romance, A Holiday Wish, first in the Silver Bells series. You can find out all about it on my blog post this week, including endorsements and links to excerpts. But here's just a taste. If you love a funny, ultimately lighthearted romance that focuses more on character than on bodies, this one's for you.
On point of view, present/past, and why historical novelists may want to shake it up a bit: "History in Present Tense."
More summer reading recommendations from me and my fellow authors at Five Directions Press: Books We Loved, Aug. 2016. One example pasted in below.
Tired of those 98-degree days? Take a literary trip to the Italian Alps in the company of the hard-boiled, not to say truculent detective Rocco Schiavone in this week's blog post.
Interview with me, conducted by fellow author Joan Schweighardt. If you've ever wondered how I came to write an entire series based in 1530s Russia, of all places—never mind how I came to write fiction—this is your chance to find out for free. Just click on the link.