All posts by Alexandra Walsh

Writing historical fiction

Today, it has taken me three hours to write two paragraphs. Not because I’m particularly slow at writing and, for once, not because I’ve allowed myself to wander all over the Internet pretending to be doing “research” (apparently, Harry Potter quizzes are not research, who knew? Neither are quizzes discovering which vegetable represents you… Weird).

The reason for this is because while you are setting a scene, every detail has to be as accurate as you’re able to make it. Sometimes you have to use your imagination and fill in the gaps but if you can get real events into your world, it does give a more authentic ring to the story.

 

One of my characters needed to receive a package containing books. Each of which, for authenticity purposes, I felt should be named. Three hours, six reference books, two dissertations found online, numerous blogs, Wiki pages leading to other primary sources and a thorough search of the National Archives website and I had my three lines of text. It will flash past practically unnoticed but at least I know I gave making it authentic my best shot.

 

The angels are in the details and so are the plot twists!

Not long now!

Two weeks today and The Catherine Howard Conspiracy will have been officially published!

Two weeks or 14  days or 336 hours or 20,160 minutes or 1,209,600 seconds.

 

 

 

Not that I’m counting…

Check back soon when I’ll be putting up more details about the historical characters in The Catherine Howard Conspiracy.

Take care,

Alex. xx

The Catherine Howard Conspiracy is available for pre-order from: http://getbook.at/CatherineHoward

It will be released on Thursday 28 March 2019 which is when
you can order both the digital and paperback editions from
the above link.

You can also view it at: https://saperebooks.com

 

Reviews

Publication day for The Catherine Howard Conspiracy – Book One of The Marquess House Trilogy, is drawing ever nearer and the Advanced Review Copies (ARCs) have been out and about for a few weeks now, which means REVIEWS.

I have to admit,
when I was told
The Catherine Howard Conspiracy was being reviewed my emotions travelled with lunatic, cartoon-like speed from excitement, to curiosity, then to trepidation.
A huge part of me and many, many years of my life have gone into this series and knowing it’s out there being read by book-lovers and book-bloggers is thrilling but also nerve-racking.

When you sit alone and write, it’s easy to lose perspective on your ideas. Are they good? Or are they the worst pile of old nonsense in the world? Depending on the day and your mood, it’s easy to vacillate between the two from minute-to-minute. Which is why, the incredibly positive and supportive response of the reviewers has been so overwhelming and quite humbling. All I can say, is thank you.

If you fancy reading the reviews for yourself, the link to  Good Reads where they are featured is here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43455344-the-catherine-howard-conspiracy?ac=1&from_search=true#other_reviews

Thank you, once again, to everyone who has taken the time to read and review The Catherine Howard Conspiracy, you’re all wonderful.

And, before you leave, from March, I’m going to be blogging about some of the real-life historical figures I’ve used to create this story. It would be great if you felt like reading them.

Take care,

Alex. xx

The Catherine Howard Conspiracy is available for pre-order from: http://getbook.at/CatherineHoward

It will be released on Thursday 28 March 2019 which is when
you can order both the digital and paperback editions from
the above link.

You can also view it at: https://saperebooks.com