When Mussolini came to visit

Researching a bizarre range of topics, is for me one of the great joys of being a novelist. Yes it comes with its perils. The internet is a far too distracting place for most authors as it is, but if you use a historic setting for your stories then the distractions of...

Inconvenient inspirations

There are many things I like about the crafting of a new novel, though I admit there are always times when it’s more a long slog than a joy. For me, it invariably starts with that first kernel of an idea that can come from almost anywhere. For the steampunk...