The Lady of Alnwick

Oswy, Corwin, and Carl stood at the head of the line of villagers come to the castle to have their disputes judged.  They had scrubbed themselves in the washtub, worn their Sunday clothes and even combed their hair, but there was no mistaking their station in life, or Oswy’s trade.  … More The Lady of Alnwick

Alnwick Castle

Built just thirty years after the Norman Conquest, Alnwick Castle tops a hill, now overlooking a peaceful pastoral landscape designed by Capability Brown. In Corwin’s time, the castle of the deVesci family stood as a bulwark of safety in a tumultuous land. Built to guard the English border against Scottish attack, the Scots took it … More Alnwick Castle


The most blood-soaked piece of earth in Britain. The English and the Scots argued over their common border longer than either nation has existed. In AD 122, the Roman emperor Hadrian noted that this 80-mile line in the sand required 10% of his border troops to maintain it against the marauding Scots and Picts. He … More Northumberland


Murder your darlings. –Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch Sometimes you write a scene, or chapter, or half a goddamn book. and discover that, as much as you love it, it just doesn’t fit into the rest of the piece. That happened to me a few times. So I’m posting them here. Enjoy!  

Them Changes

Last I posted, I expressed amazement at the number of things one has to do after “Completing” a manuscript. Little did I know. Originally, my troubadour was named Clement, after my friend, professional storyteller Clem Bowen, and Corwin was named Aram, after Clem’s middle son. Um, Clement’s an English name. Oops. Fortunately, Alison Weir’s biography … More Them Changes

PROOFS! I have Proofs!

This just arrived in the mail. A proof (pre-publication copy to be gone over, dropping in last minute corrections) One step at a time, I keep reminding myself. Who knew how much needs to be done after the book is “finished.” One step at a time.

Continuing Education

Well. There is more to publication than writing. It’s not just the whole marketing thing. There’s also the whole setting up Twitter, revising WordPress, establishing a Goodreads page, and probably about a hundred other things my editor hasn’t told me about yet, for fear of sending me into a tailspin. Where’s the button that lets … More Continuing Education