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Tomorrow, 13th March, I will be a guest blogger at the Romantic Novelists Association of Great Britain.
You are cordially invited to read about me and to learn about the RNA.
Added by Rosemary Morris on March 12, 2012 at 4:46am — No Comments
I am a guest at Helen Hollick's blog.
Helen asked me to invite ten guests. I think you will be surprised by my choices.
Added by Rosemary Morris on February 29, 2012 at 3:49am — No Comments
I am delighted to share the 5* review of Tangled Love at Amazon Kindle uk.
Love, betrayal, treasure trove,
J. Pittam "Maythorn" (Hertfordshire, England)
This review is for: Tangled Love (Kindle Edition)
I very much enjoyed this new author. Tangled Love is set at the turn of the 18th century it follows the fortunes…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on February 29, 2012 at 3:48am — No Comments
One Year On
This time last year I was mourning the death of my mother at the age of one hundred. Although the last years of her life were impaired by macular vision and hearing loss, she remained mentally alert. When asked how she was, Mum always replied she was amongst life’s lucky ones because she had a lovely flat…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on January 2, 2012 at 2:34am — No Comments
As a historical novelist I enjoy reading about eras which have gone with the wind. I have just re-read The Little Madeleine by Mrs Robert Henrey, which relates the joys and sorrows of Madeleine, a French girl, loved by her mother, who earned a living as a talented seamstress, and her father, ‘a picturesque figure from the Midi.’
"Mrs Henrey’s autobiography is the story of her girlhood in Montmartre and the wasteland near the Paris fortifications, or city walls,…
Added by Rosemary Morris on November 27, 2011 at 1:13am — No Comments
|Thoughts on Creating Believable Historical Characters
So far, I have only written historical novels set in England, but regardless of when and where a novel is set the characters must be believable.
Before I start writing a historical novel I name my characters. I find The…
Added by Rosemary Morris on November 27, 2011 at 1:06am — No Comments
I have finished re-reading Madeleine Grown Up. the sequel to The Little Madeleine in which the authoress, Madeleine aka Mrs Robert Henrey, writes of her life as a child in Montmartre and elsewhere in France. Madeleine Grown Up covers the period from 1928 to 1929 when she worked as a manicurist in the Savoy Hotel. Her observations of life in Stacey Street, where she shared a room with her mother, who continued to work as a dressmaker, are fascinating and so are those of the Savoy, her…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on November 20, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments
All the good advice given in books on how to write fiction is applicable to writing historical fiction.
Writers must enjoy writing even when they encounter obstacles. This is particularly true of writing historical fiction. Historical novelists require a profound interest in all things historical.
The historical novels that I read more than once sweep me into the activities and ‘mind sets’ in a way which I enjoy.
When writing historical…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on November 12, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
How I Write Historical Fiction
Although there are books on the subject of How To Write Historical Fiction, which are useful, I am sure that novelists develop their own techniques.
I read history books and sooner or later something triggers my imagination. For example, I read that most of the English nobility disliked James II, his politics and his religion. After James fled to France, first his older daughter, Mary, and her…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on November 7, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
Although there are many excellent books on ‘How to Write a Novel’ I decided to share how I plan mine.
Once I have an idea, I don’t plot my novels in detail, chapter by chapter, but I do have a plot in mind.
It is said that every plot can be found in classical fairy tales, folklore and mythology. The hero or heroine goes on a journey, a pilgrimage or a quest and encounters obstacle after obstacle. So I consider which of seven basic plots suits…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on October 29, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I have just re-read The Little Madeleine by Mrs Robert Henrey which relates the joys and sorrows of Madeleine, a French girl loved by her mother, who earned a living as a talented seamstress, and her father, ‘a picturesque figure from the Midi.’
"Mrs Henrey’s autobiography is the story of her girlhood in Montmartre and the wasteland near the Paris fortifications, or city walls, where the apache wielded his knife. Her father was a picturesque figure from the midi. Her…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on October 22, 2011 at 1:44pm — No Comments
Spinach and Curd Cheese Curry
¼ kilo paneer – curd cheese
½ kilo baby spinach
¼ kilo fresh or frozen peas
3tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of finely grated ginger
1 or 2 chilies optional.
Juice of one lemon
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Added by Rosemary Morris on October 16, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Memories of Kenya & The Bolter by Frances Osborne
I have mixed memories of my life in Kenya from 1961 to 1982. On the plus side are my happy recollections of the coast with its golden beaches, the grasslands teaming with wild animals, the lush green highlands. On the minus side I was always a stranger in a strange land. I missed my family and friends in England and in spite of a privileged lifestyle wanted to live in…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on October 16, 2011 at 3:14am — No Comments
Writing Historical Fiction
Historical fiction embraces different periods.
Prehistory, Ancient civilisations such as Egyptian and Indian, Classical (Mainly Greek and Roman History)Biblical, From the 1st century to the 20th century, Multi-period, Timeslip, Historical Fantasy, Alternative History, Children and Young Adult.
Historical Fiction can also be divided into different…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on October 2, 2011 at 5:10am — No Comments
From Highgate Hill to Kindle
When my mother was a small girl, my grandfather, Charles, stood holding her hand on Highgate Hill. Together they watched one of the first aeroplanes fly overhead. He looked down at Mother and said: ‘Nothing will come of those flying machines.”
Born within the sound of Bow Bells, the eldest of eight children, Charles was a scholarship boy at Westminster Boys School and sang in the choir at Westminster Abbey. Unfortunately,…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on September 11, 2011 at 12:41pm — No Comments
How to critique a Novel or Short Story
As the recipient of many critiques and assessments of my work I have sometimes been dismayed by a critiquer’s comments about my novels and short stories. On the other hand, on occasions, a critiquer has been too full of praise instead of suggesting improvements. The best critiques have been a balance between the positive and the negative.
I belong to three online critique groups and Watford…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on September 5, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments
Writer’s Workshops and Linda Spur
As well as belonging to three online critique groups, where I can post a chapter of my historical novels in progress and receive constructive critiques in return for critiquing other members’ chapters, I also belong to Watford Writers. Every Monday the society meets in Cassiobury Park, Watford, Hertfordshire, England at Cafe Cha Cha at 7.30 p.m.
From time to time Watford Writers arranges for guest speakers and…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on August 20, 2011 at 12:29am — No Comments
Redbournbury Watermill and Bakery
On Saturday the 31st of July my six year old grandson and I visited Redbournbury Watermill, which is surrounded by farmland and water meadows. The latter provide a habitat for herons and kingfishers that feed on sticklebacks, trout fry and other fish. Generations of water fowl have eaten, defended their territory and mated in this fascinating area where there was probably a Watermill in Saxon times.
There has been a…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on August 7, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments
A fortnight ago I visited Hatfield House with a friend and made notes.
When visiting a stately home, personal items always make a great impression on me. In one of the display cases are Queen Elizabeth I’s straw garden hat which has an intricate pattern, a pair of her gloves and a pair of silk stockings, which are believed to be the first pair made of silk to be worn in England. In another display case I saw a…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on July 24, 2011 at 11:51pm — No Comments
A Novelist’s Road to Publication
Most published novelists agree that it is extremely difficult for a new writer to find a publisher.
I wrote my first novel when I was a young woman. The first publisher I submitted it to accepted it. From there everything went downhill. I did not know that the date of publication should be included in my contract. Without this the publisher could withhold publication…Continue
Added by Rosemary Morris on July 19, 2011 at 12:11am — No Comments