Category Archives: Author Real Life

“It was a delightful visit;—perfect, in being much too short.” – Emma, Chapter Thirteen

“It was a delightful visit;—perfect, in being much too short.” – Emma, Chapter Thirteen

I’ve long loved travel. It’s a passion my parents sort of had to force on me, but once it took hold, I was hooked. Journeys, even short ones, have a remarkable ability to change your perceptions, even of those things most familiar and dear. I had a startling reminder of this while traveling with my… more goodness …

No New Book or Giveaway, but a Short Story…

No New Book or Giveaway, but a Short Story…

I’m sorry to say that we are not ready to have a giveaway this month. A Duel in Meryton (formerly Wickham’s Hertfordshire Duel) isn’t ready. It is close. It will probably be available in a month. But Summer and I don’t want to put ourselves in a position where we rush through the final edits at the… more goodness …

Story Update and an excerpt

Story Update and an excerpt

Last month, I told you the story of my newest Work-In-Progress, about how I asked blog readers and Patreon supporters to help me name it, how I’m learning to use the Three Act Structure to plot my stories, and how one of my friends took pity on me and helped me organize my thoughts into… more goodness …

Character in The Wardrobe

Character in The Wardrobe

The Pilgrim: Lydia Bennet and a Soldier’s Portion reflects much of my own (and that of dozens of far greater minds than mine) philosophy gleaned from a lifetime of both… Pleasure and Pain are important parts of life and must be understood in reference to each other. No life is unremittingly happy. And, as the… more goodness …

That Time I Fired a Musket

That Time I Fired a Musket

Writing fiction set in another time has any number of challenges, and I think this is particularly true for the English Regency. Although it took place a “mere” 200 years ago, the Regency was a time of different manners, mores, and even technology. Sometimes, the technology is fairly easy to experience — I’ve ridden countless… more goodness …

Coming Eventually: Wickham’s Hertfordshire Duel

Coming Eventually: Wickham’s Hertfordshire Duel

There are many ways that two authors can work together. For Summer and me, I think of it as having four unequal phases. First, I write a complete story, often around 20,000 words. That makes it a novella, not a novel. For the second phase, Summer rewrites it, sometimes adding whole scenes that were originally… more goodness …

Boating and fishing in the Regency

Boating and fishing in the Regency

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States. There have been parties and parades, a night race in Charlotte, North Carolina, and lots and lots of campers/tourists in my town. Two of the biggest activities around here in the summer, especially amongst the out of towners who invade every weekend, are boating and fishing. I… more goodness …

The Jewellery of the Georgian Era (and earlier!)

The Jewellery of the Georgian Era (and earlier!)

Not a lot of people from the ‘writerly’ side of my life know this about me, but I’m also a passionate hobby jeweller and silversmith. Antique jewellery, particularly chain maille and other ancient chain techniques, is something I enjoy replicating for my dedicated clientele, to the point where almost all my work is by commission only!… more goodness …