WHY I BEGAN WRITING CRIME FICTION  So why did I start writing crime fiction when I enjoy writing historical novels? Well I suppose there are two reasons why I turned […]

Thank you Ernest Hemingway

I have often been asked who was the author who most influenced my writing and invariably I have fudged the answer; I’ve read everything from Tolstoy to William Boyd, I’d […]

Britain’s lost children

This summer we have had a house full of children and watching them play and jump endlessly in and out of the swimming pool made me reflect on a book […]

Latest novel: The Shining City

I loved researching the history behind my latest novel THE SHINING CITY.  Besides reading a lot about the period, I made many trips to the archaeological site of Madinat al Zahra, […]

2 new book reviews from HNS INDIE REVIEW

THE ONLY BLUE DOOR HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY INDIE REVIEW January 2014 Most of us are familiar with child evacuation during World War 2, but I wonder how many know about child […]

The advantages of self-publishing

Two years ago I gave my novel Between the Sierra and the Sea to a vanity publishing house to publish.  They did not style themselves as vanity-publishers, rather they talked […]


From today for five days my latest novel SANTIAGO TALES is available FREE on kindle.  Why don’t all you ebook lovers download a copy and enjoy following Beth as she […]