Continuing on from the Battle of Fulford Gate I approached writing about the Battle of Stamford Bridge in exactly the same way. I had received many positive comments regarding how I had gone about describing the action. It seems that I had hit on a successful technique for describing both the action from the point … Continue reading Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction 2 – My version of the Battle of Stamford Bridge
The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place only five days after the Battle of Fulford Gate. The Viking army, under King Harald Hardrada of Norway had won what appeared to be a decisive victory, destroying the Saxon’s Army of the North. Its leaders, the brothers Eorl Edwin of Mercia and Eorl Morcar of Northumbria had … Continue reading The Battle of Stamford Bridge
The fact is that most historical records are not complete. The veracity of what does remain can often be questioned. Although I did a lot of research for The War wolf it was with relatively few different sources. 1066 belongs to the period that used to be called the Dark Ages, a reference to the … Continue reading Mixing Fact with Historical Fiction – My version of the Battle of Fulford Gate
Writing about an actual historical event in a piece of fiction is challenging, especially if, as the writer, you are keen on being authentic and accurate. I most certainly was. I undertook a lot of research into both the actual battle, how it was fought, the weapons and armour, why it happened, and what the … Continue reading The Battle of Fulford Gate
I was inspired to write my first novel, The War Wolf, after a visit to York. I live locally to the city and this was one of many such journeys. It occurred to me on this occasion that there was something amiss with the city’s obsession with all things Viking. The Vikings ruled York for … Continue reading Back to the Beginning
When Guillaume, Duke of Normandy, lands in England he is ignorant of the whereabouts of King Harold. Keen to bring the Saxons to battle the Normans capture Hastings and ravage the local area, enacting vile outrages on the local people. News of the invasion reaches Harold in York, even as he celebrates the Saxons greatest … Continue reading The Blade’s fell Blow: Read for FREE!
After the fateful Battle of Fulford Gate, Coenred is forced to take what warriors survive the slaughter and head for Tadcaster. He must leave Mildryth, the woman he has come to love, in York, a city now captured and ruled by the Vikings. Deserted by his lords, Edwin and Morcar, Coenred hopes to keep one … Continue reading For Rapture of Ravens: Read for FREE!
The Battle of Fulford Gate rarely appears as more than a footnote in English history, but it was the beginning of the end for the Saxons. While King Harold waited in London to answer the threat of the Norman invasion his traitorous brother, Tostig Godwinson, landed in the north. Tostig brought with him the largest … Continue reading The War Wolf: Read for FREE!
I set myself the target of October 2017 to publish the final part of the Sorrow Song Trilogy; The Blade’s fell Blow. I do not normally impose deadlines on myself, I know from past experience that I do not work well with them. This is partly because I have a medical condition that reacts to … Continue reading The Blade’s fell Blow
I was looking around Amazon with my own novels as a starting point and I realised that there many fine examples of book covers out there. In fact it seems that everyone has upped their game with regards to covers. As I perused the offerings that came up as being in the same genre as … Continue reading I had a Moment of Design Madness – Unless it Works of Course in Which Case it’s Genius!