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The Voyage of Odysseus paperback version

The Voyage of Odysseus is now out as an e-book, but I’ve had lots of enquiries about when the print version will be available. Not owning an e-reader myself, I have total sympathy and am just as keen to fill that yawning gap next to The Oracles of Troy on my own bookshelf! But here’s the [...]

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Next book

The Voyage of Odysseus is nearly finished. I completed the first draft in August and the initial edit was done by the end of October. It’s currently with my editor, Richard Sheehan, and should be back with me at the start of December. Depending on how much work needs doing, I’m hoping to convert it [...]

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Audio interview

  I was recently interviewed via Skype by Hubert O’Hearn from San Francisco Book Review. Hubert has a genuine interest in the classical era and knows his stuff, so it made for a challenging and enjoyable experience. When I was told it would last half an hour I was a little skeptical, as the radio interviews I’ve given have usually [...]

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Book launch

Friday 22nd August saw the launch of The Oracles of Troy in paperback. Although the book isn’t officially available until 29th August, we had the party a week early at the Market Harborough branch of Waterstones. The first three books were launched there and it was good to be back again. Like many Waterstones, the [...]

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The Festival of History

  I spent last Saturday at the English Heritage Festival of History. It’s an annual event held at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire, and as it’s only a few miles from where I live I pay a visit every year. One of the many joys about this event is that I can spend a whole day [...]

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The pre-launch copies of Oracles are here!

My pre-launch copies of The Oracles of Troy have now arrived. They look and feel great. Seeing the cover in printed form just makes me like it even more – thanks again to Justine Elliott for producing such an eye-catching design. If you pre-ordered a copy and haven’t been in touch with me yet, please [...]

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Women in the Ancient World

Previous visitors to this site will know I’ve been slowly posting articles I wrote for a website dedicated to historical fiction. Looking back, I notice I’ve accidentally posted one of the articles twice, though with different pictures each time! Must have been tired. The post below is a brief attempt to write something useful for [...]

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Researching the Trojan War

You may remember I mentioned penning a few blogs for Writing Historical Novels, which were never published because the owner fell ill and could no longer maintain the site. This is the second of those unpublished articles, in which I give a few details on how I go about researching the Trojan War. If you have any [...]

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Paperback launch date for The Oracles of Troy

I am pleased to announce that The Oracles of Troy will be released in paperback on Friday 22nd August this year! This is a UK launch date but my publisher will also be distributing internationally. Copies will be available to purchase in high street bookshops and online through sites such as Amazon. I’ll also be [...]

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My writing process and other questions…

I’ve been asked to take part in ‘The Writing Process Blog Tour’ by Steven A McKay, a novelist who’s had amazing success with his first e-book, Wolf’s Head – a retelling of the Robin Hood legend with 11,000 sales in the first half year and the follow up, The Wolf and The Raven, out today! [...]

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Characterising Warriors

Last year I was invited to write a series of blogs for Writing Historical Novels, a popular website focussed on historical fiction. I’d had one published and written another four when the owner fell ill and could no longer run the site. So rather than let them go to waste, I thought I would publish them [...]

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Kickstarter – the post-mortem

My campaign to raise £5,500 to fund a print run of The Oracles of Troy in paperback and hardback has, unfortunately, fallen short by around £1,000. This has left me with a couple of questions: What went wrong? What now? Before I answer either question, I would first like to say a BIG THANK YOU [...]

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Kickstarter campaign kicks off!

  As previous visitors to this site will know, I’ve been planning a crowdfunding campaign to finance the publication of The Oracles of Troy. I’m glad to say the campaign has now been launched and can be viewed here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1082128542/the-oracles-of-troy. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the concept crowdfunding, it’s a way of raising support [...]

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Researching the Trojan War

I’ve been asked to write a monthly blog for Writing Historical Novels. The January post is reproduced below. Alternatively, catch the original here along with lots of other useful and informative articles by histfic authors such as Ben Kane, Adrian Goldsworthy and Emma Darwin.   Research is all about getting a feel for the period, [...]

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Kickstarter campaign target

Happy New Year to all! With the festive season safely behind me I think it’s time to look in a bit more detail at my Kickstarter campaign for The Oracles of Troy. I spent last Saturday morning shooting the all-important Kickstarter Campaign Video! All successful campaigns have a video, or so Kickstarter tell us. Which [...]

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

To my readers and all visitors to this site, I hope you have a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. “The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.” Jay Leno “Unless we make [...]

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Christmas sale news… and other stuff

Quite a bit has been happening since my last post, so here’s a quick update. On Thursday 12th December I took the train down to London for the Historical Writers Association annual dinner. I was a little nervous about meeting a bunch of people I didn’t know and even more worried that I’d prove a [...]

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List of rewards

If you saw last week’s post, you’ll know I’m planning to fund the publication of The Oracles of Troy through a website called Kickstarter. Briefly, I set a target for the amount it will cost to get the book published and people make contributions to this target, in return for which they receive a “reward” [...]

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Print version of The Oracles of Troy

For a while now I’ve been promising details of when the print version of The Oracles of Troy will be available. I’m glad to say I can now give a clearer picture of my plans and a timeline for publication, as well as how I hope to involve readers directly in the project. First off, [...]

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Oracles published!

After a chaotic 24 hours of signing up with various e-book retailers, reading endless terms and conditions, uploading book covers and e-book files, The Oracles of Troy is now available for purchase from Amazon (hooray). Click here for the UK page and here for the US page. I actually loaded it up on Thursday night, [...]

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