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The Process of Writing a Historical Book by Robbie Cheadle

The Process of Writing a Historical Book by Robbie Cheadle

I am happy to welcome author Robbie Cheadle back to my blog. She’s here to talk about her foray into historical fiction writing. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t as ‘easy’ as she’d expected! Take a moment to read about Robbie’s fascinating process of turning her mother’s earliest memories into a captivating memoir. The process of writing a historical book When I embarked on the journey of turning my mom’s early years into a book, I didn’t have a plan. She had…

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Panama-Costa Rica border crossing and Holiday Gone Wrong

Panama-Costa Rica border crossing and Holiday Gone Wrong

Would you cross this bridge? Until recently, this was the border crossing between Costa Rica and Panama at Rio Sereno. One I had to cross over several times because of a visa stamp mishap. You can’t see the large holes in the wood from this picture, but trust me, they’re there. I took this picture during a wonderful trip to both countries. The adventures I had formed the basis of my short thriller – Holiday Gone Wrong. You can pick…

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Zelda Richardson Mystery Series is now live

Zelda Richardson Mystery Series is now live

Introducing the Zelda Richardson Mystery Series and Adventures in Backpacking series! Feedback from several wonderful readers has convinced me to split my novels into two groupings – the Adventures in Backpacking series and Zelda Richardson Mystery series. Down and Out in Kathmandu, Holiday Gone Wrong, and Notes of a Naive Traveler all fall nicely into the backpacker group. The Lover’s Portrait, Rituals of the Dead, and Marked for Revenge constitute the mystery series. While preparing to release Marked for Revenge,…

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Marked for Revenge is on NetGalley

Marked for Revenge is on NetGalley

Marked in Revenge: An Art Heist Thriller is now available on NetGalley! If you are a member, you can download a review copy immediately. Not yet a member? You can register to free. If you do read it, I would love to know what you think of it! Otherwise, you can buy your own copy in early May. More details coming soon…  

Spotlight on historical fiction and cozy mystery author Nicola Slade

Spotlight on historical fiction and cozy mystery author Nicola Slade

I am pleased to welcome historical fiction and cozy mystery author Nicola Slade to my blog today. Her novels have received praise for their humour and the characters’ eccentricity, as well as the depth and sensitivity of her writing. I’m glad she had time to chat before flying to Bellingham, Washington to receive a Chanticleer Award for one of her nine books! Today, this history and travel buff shares with us more about her work, favorite films and pastimes, as…

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When Fiction is Perceived as Fact: Rituals of the Dead

When Fiction is Perceived as Fact: Rituals of the Dead

My latest novel, Rituals of the Dead, came to be because I wanted to write a mystery about an Asmat bis pole. Considering the Asmat live in the Indonesian province of Papua, the setting for my historical mystery was easily decided. The premise was simple: my protagonist – an art history student in present-day Amsterdam – would investigate an event that took place in Papua, before the Dutch government ceded their control to the newly-formed nation of Indonesia in 1963….

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World War II and Looted Art – inspirations for The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery

World War II and Looted Art – inspirations for The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery

The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery is a dual timeline thriller set in WWII and present-day Amsterdam. The plot and several characters were inspired by university lectures and archival research I conducted while studying art history and museum studies at the University of Amsterdam. To learn more about Amsterdam’s turbulent World War II history, read my article “Amsterdam: the Perfect Setting for an Art Mystery“. To learn more about the artists who inspired the portrait from which this novel takes…

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Spotlight on travel author Richard Clark

Spotlight on travel author Richard Clark

It is my pleasure to welcome travel fiction and non-fiction author Richard Clark to my blog today! He is here to tell us more about his latest release and first foray into fiction – The Lost Lyra. Spotlight on travel author Richard Clark The Lost Lyra is my first novel after a career of some 40 years in journalism and writing non-fiction books about Greece. Since I gave up the long daily commute to London 2 years ago to concentrate…

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Spotlight on historical fiction author Mary Anne Yarde

Spotlight on historical fiction author Mary Anne Yarde

I am thrilled to welcome historical fiction author Mary Anne Yarde to my blog today! She is the award-winning author of the The Du Lac Chronicles and the founder of The Coffee Pot Book Club, a blog many historical fiction readers are sure to already know about. In this interview, she shares with us more about growing up in Glastonbury, her favourite books, researching historical fiction, and her writing routine. Spotlight on Mary Anne Yarde Please tell me a little…

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Spotlight on mystery author Keenan Powell

Spotlight on mystery author Keenan Powell

I am delighted to welcome mystery author Keenan Powell to my blog today! She is here to share more about her Maeve Malloy Mystery series, the first of which – DEADLY SOLUTION – has been nominated for a Lefty Best Debut and an Agatha Best First. Congratulations, Keenan! Here is your chance to learn more about her books, interest in Ireland, and Dungeon and Dragons, as well as the importance of Alaska in her work. Spotlight on Keenan Powell Please…

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