Applying research

Research. Yeah, I know, a sticky subject in more ways than one. Writing of any sort needs research whether it’s a modern shoes-and-shopping story, crime thriller or a historical magnum opus.

Almost every story written hinges on a set-up or a problem the writer has purposefully created, but it must be plausible. Readers will engage […]

SUCCESSIO launches in London - the official report!

Friends, Roma Novans and colleagues lent me their hours. The bubbly flowed in the glorious library at the University Women’s Club in Mayfair as we gathered to celebrate the publication of the third thriller in the Roma Nova series.

I’d asked long term Roma Nova fan Sue Cook to sit in conversation with me and […]

Historically logical or completely bonkers? The sliding scale of alternative history

Basically, alternate history is a type of speculative fiction where stories are set in a world where historical events have unfolded differently from the way they did in the real world. The event that changed history (point of divergence or PoD) must be in the past from when the story is set and have affected […]

Roma Nova world building (2)

What does Roma Nova look like? It’s an alpine country with lower lying valleys a few small towns (Castra Lucilla, Brancadorum, Aquae Caesaris) and a river city full of columns, a forum, Senate house and temples.

 

 

Roma Novans don’t have a different name for their capital; like the ancients, they just call […]

The Alternation of Rome

Rome fascinates us, bewitches us even in the high tech 21st century. It stretched for over 1229 years, it reached the heights (occasionally depths) of military achievement, produced the social, cultural and legal framework for the entire Western world, gave us its engineering genius and left us a richness in architecture, power politics, literature and […]