A writer’s life… Category

Cover Story: CARIBBEE

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] I know I’m privileged to be consulted at every stage of the conceiving of and production of a Kydd Series book cover; this isn’t the case for all authors. Thank you, Hodder & […]

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The Birth of a Book: CARIBBEE

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] CARIBBEE is the latest title in my Thomas Kydd series and as it’s officially launched into the world today it’s a pretty special time (as is true for most authors, I guess) – […]

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Novelists and 18th & 19th Century Sea Battles

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] One historical period, the climax of the age of fighting sail (the twenty-two- year period of the French and Napoleonic wars, 1793–1815), has always drawn me irresistibly, as it has done for so […]

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Summoning the Maritime Muse

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] One of the questions I’m often asked is where does the inspiration for my sea tales come from. In writing the Thomas Kydd series I draw on many things – my personal experiences serving […]

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SEAFLOWER and CARIBBEE

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] More than a decade ago, in SEAFLOWER, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi were in the Caribbean as sailors before the mast in an old line-of-battle ship. Now, in CARIBBEE, Kydd, a storied hero […]

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An Author’s Day Off

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] Ever wondered what authors do on their days off – mope around missing the work-in-progress, drown writing woes at the pub, play golf? Well, I can’t speak for other scribes but when I […]

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From Two Advance Readers of CARIBBEE

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] Earlier my publishers made available some advance review copies of CARIBBEE as contest prizes. I’ve had some wonderful feedback on this book from the winners – and I’d like to share two of […]

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Sermons, a thesis – and a hungry dog…

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] I’m always delighted to hear from readers that they’ve enjoyed my books – but sometimes this takes on an extra dimension… Ian Hewes, a Baptist minister in the UK, has used the Kydd […]

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From a reader drawn to the Arctic

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] One of the joys of being a writer is hearing from readers around the world – and learning a little about their lives. William de Vaney, a marine historical artist, now living in […]

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From a reader with many miles under the keel

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] I’ve been very touched by the many wonderful messages I’ve received from readers recently, including this from Charles Eanes: ‘I read with interest one critic who called you “a master of Napoleonic-era atmosphere […]

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