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.
People tell you to “write what you know,” and my blog expresses that philosophy. I’m a historian writing historical fiction set in early modern Europe and the steppes, so you will find lots of mini-history lessons there—more fun, I hope, than the ones you may have suffered through in school. I’ve worked in publishing for two decades and make up one-quarter of Five Directions Press, a writers’ cooperative launched in 2012, so I have lots to share about the business as seen from both sides. And like every other writer, I have to cope with the technological challenges posed by the twenty-first century, so I blog about those, too—especially the new publishing climate and the social networks that constitute such a large part of the modern marketing universe.
Last but not least, I blog about books: reading them and writing them. In addition to nonfiction works, I have published five novels under the Five Directions Press imprint and this pseudonym, C. P. Lesley, and am working on a sixth. I also host New Books in Historical Fiction, where once a month I talk to other writers about their novels, their research, and their writing lives. I announce each new interview here the week it goes live.
So that’s what this blog is about: what it’s like to write about the past but live in a rapidly changing present, to be a historical novelist in the Internet Age. I hope you find some or all of it useful enough that you will stop by once a week to see what I’ve added.
You can also connect with me on Facebook (C P Lesley), Pinterest (Catriona Lesley), Tumblr (cplesley), and Twitter (@cplesley). I am most active, however, on Goodreads, the Internet book club (C.P. Lesley). You can follow New Books in Historical Fiction at @NewBooksHistFic (Twitter) or like us on Facebook. Look forward to seeing you there.