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Eugene Bullard: The Black Swallow of Death - Thu, 11 Feb 2016
For a while now, I’ve been wanting to talk about Eugene Jacques Bullard–a military combat pilot from World War One, and a character who appears in my work-in-progress. February is the perfect time. Eugene was born in Georgia in 1895, a rough place to be a young, enterprising black man–so rough he witnessed the near lynching [...]

Let’s Talk About Writer’s Block - Tue, 26 Jan 2016
  Let’s talk about so-called Writer’s Block. Many, if not most, professional writers will tell you that there’s no such thing. Nurses don’t get to call off work at the hospital because they’re having nurse’s block, so you just have to put your butt in the chair and start typing.  I have a certain amount of sympathy with that point [...]

Publishers You Should Consider For Your Historical Fiction Novel - Mon, 04 Jan 2016
Fellow authors sometimes write to me for recommendations in terms of which publishing companies they should consider when submitting their historical fiction novels. At this point in my career, I’ve published with several different companies, big and small. I’ve also dabbled in self-publishing. I can only speak from my own experience and the knowledge I [...]

Suppose a part of Ancient Rome survived? - Tue, 10 Nov 2015
Suppose a part of Ancient Rome survived? My writing friend Alison Morton explores just this. In her alternate thriller world, her 21st century Praetorian heroines survive kidnapping, betrayal and a vicious nemesis while using their Roman toughness and determination to save their beloved country. Too bad their love lives don’t run so smoothly… How did [...]

10 More Tips for Historical Fiction Authors - Sat, 19 Sep 2015
Last year I threw together a list of 10 Tips for Aspiring Historical Fiction Authors. But to some extent or other, we’re all always aspiring, as I’ve never really known a writer who was satisfied. Now I’m back with ten more tips that might be helpful to you, or at least make you chuckle. Here we [...]

Cover Reveal: ILLUSION by Lea Nolan - Mon, 14 Sep 2015
I don’t often post about YA/MG or fantasy on this blog, but in this case I’m doing both because I’ve read these books and they’re excellent. It’s cover reveal day for Illusion by Lea Nolan. This is the third book in The Hoodoo Apprentice Trilogy, and I am so excited because all three books are [...]

New Historical Book of the Month Club - Tue, 01 Sep 2015
Announcing a New Historical Book a Month Club! Good news, readers! I’ve decided to start a book of the month club exclusively for my newsletter subscribers. Now, I’m not Oprah. I can’t promise glittering commentary on every book. I can’t promise a publicity bump to every author I feature. I can’t give away free cars. But I [...]

Ancient Rome: A City of Firsts - Sun, 23 Aug 2015
I haven’t personally verified all the facts in this infographic, but it’s so amazing that I hope it’s all true. Ancient Rome: A City of Firsts [Infographic] | Daily Infographic.