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30 July 2014

World-Wide Blog Tour

I was nominated for this blog tour by Mari Christie, a professional writer, editor, and graphic designer in Denver, Colorado, whose creative work includes three mainstream historical fiction novels, one Regency romance, and innumerable poems. Visit her website and find her on Twitter @mchristieauthor

There are four questions to answer on this blog tour, so here are mine:

1) What am I working on?

I am now half way through my new historical fiction novel The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham. Lady Eleanor was falsely accused of witchcraft and necromancy and imprisoned for life in various castles - if they really beleieved she was guilty she would have been burned at the stake. Instead, she found time to write her secret diary... I am really enjoying the research, particularly the visit to Beaumaris Castle on Anglesey, North Wales, where I found Eleanor's chapel still exists! 

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I try to find subjects that have never been covered as historical novels - which seemed a great idea at first but of course there is usually a reason.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I was originally a non-fiction author and had an Amazon best-seller on Project Management. My first novel, Queen Sacrifice, took a year to write and my fourth is taking even longer, although I do enjoy creative writing more as I gain experience.

4) How does my writing process work?

I like to have a good outline before I start and do as much research as I can, including visiting places mentioned. (My second novel The Shell took me to Mombasa.) I try to have at least 4,000 words per chapter. These are often changed around in several steps of revision, before I pass it on for editing.  

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I'd like to nominate best-selling fiction author, blogger and podcaster Ani Alexander as the next person on this blog tour. You can find out more about her at her website, where you can also get free resources for authors ( Her popular Write 2B Read podcast is available on iTunes at and Stitcher at You can also find Ani on Twitter @Ani_LifeProb

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