Corunna: Musical notes

Part of choosing to write a story set in Spain was my love for the work of classical Spanish guitarists (Andres Segovia, Paco Peña, and many more). Turns out that Continue ReadingCorunna: Musical notes

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Prelude to Corunna: A beach landing

I could not find a description of the British troops departing the transport ships for the beach of Corunna harbor to use in The Spanish Patriot, but I did find Continue ReadingPrelude to Corunna: A beach landing

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Field Trip: Printer’s shop

I decided that the Wakefield family in my novel The Spanish Patriot would be printers after reading this passage, from Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World by Maya Jasanoff (boldface type is my Continue ReadingField Trip: Printer’s shop

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Now in audio – The Spanish Patriot

My new historical The Spanish Patriot is now available as an audiobook–and it sounds wonderful! Narrator Derek Perkins had quite the challenge, with a tricky point of view as well as characters Continue ReadingNow in audio – The Spanish Patriot

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A tour of La Coruña, in search of Corunna 1808

Between the second and third drafts of The Spanish Patriot, I traveled to its main setting, Corunna (A Coruña in Gallego, La Coruña in Castilian), in the region of Galicia, Continue ReadingA tour of La Coruña, in search of Corunna 1808

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Loyalists: American Refugees

[See first post: Road to Corunna — American Loyalists] Of course, the British lost the American War of Independence. Of the white Loyalists, about 15 percent fled the colonies after Continue ReadingLoyalists: American Refugees

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Road to Corunna: American Loyalists

One of the strong influences on my novel The Spanish Patriot was learning about the American colonists who did not wish to separate from Britain during the revolution and civil Continue ReadingRoad to Corunna: American Loyalists

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Prelude to Corunna: Campfollowers

Detail from ‘Soldiers Cooking,’ 1798. Source: National Army Museum In Lisbon in October 1808, British General John Moore knew he was getting a late start on marching over mountainous country to Continue ReadingPrelude to Corunna: Campfollowers

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Prelude to Corunna: The trouble with Cintra

What happened at Cintra? The soldiers and civilians in my novel The Spanish Patriot don’t even wish to speak of it, and rightly so, especially in mixed (nationality) company. Cintra Continue ReadingPrelude to Corunna: The trouble with Cintra

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Prelude to Corunna: Calling All Patriots

In 1807 the French made a deal with Spain’s prime minister to invade Portugal and share its territories. In November, a French army led by General Junot, having marched through Continue ReadingPrelude to Corunna: Calling All Patriots

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