Remembering the Battle of Corunna

In 1808, Britain sent an army to the coastal town of La Coruña (A Coruña in Galician) with orders to march toward Madrid and, joining with British forces coming up from Continue ReadingRemembering the Battle of Corunna

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A Cold Christmas Story, 1808

I’ve posted an excerpt from The Spanish Patriot that takes place on Christmas Eve, though few in the story know that is the date. It doesn’t exactly radiate the traditional Continue ReadingA Cold Christmas Story, 1808

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Research for Writing: Stories of Women

One of the delights of writing about the Regency, especially stories that include soldiers, is the sheer amount of on-the-scene documentation available. This is said to be the first conflict in Continue ReadingResearch for Writing: Stories of Women

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Join me on (virtual) tour!

With the great help of Amy Bruno at Historical Fiction VBT, I’ll be flying around the web this month. Hope to meet up with you here and there!

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Galicia: Songs of Love

In Chapter Eight of The Spanish Patriot, Louisa translates some lines from a troubadour song as it is being played. It’s a small note in the scene, but comes from a Continue ReadingGalicia: Songs of Love

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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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