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An Interview with Ross Greenwood

An Interview with Ross Greenwood

How long did it take you to come up with the idea for the latest DI Barton storyline and where did the inspiration come from? It’s quite tricky to think of new ideas because there are about 400,000 books a year published. I wanted to do something different, so I used...

Beauty on Ration – How The Tobacco Girls coped

Beauty on Ration – How The Tobacco Girls coped

‘Keep young and beautiful it’s your duty to be beautiful, Keep young and beautiful if you want to be loved…' The lines of that old song had to have been written by a man. The tobacco girls liked to look their best but with the advent of war cosmetics, clothes and even...

In Praise of Older Women – Sisters Behaving Badly

Even these days, a lot of people dismiss older women. And they really shouldn’t. A lot of us still have a zest for life, a willingness to learn and an appetite for travel. Many of us have reasonable health, some disposable income and the time to take advantage of...

Dissolution: The Inspiration Behind Murder at the Abbey

Dissolution: The Inspiration Behind Murder at the Abbey

Cleeve Abbey and Henry VIII At historic Cleeve Abbey you can mount the ancient stairs into the monk’s dormitory, stand on the site where the monks’ latrine was situated, and enjoy the calm of the central cloister. Libby Forest and the members of the Exham on Sea...

The inspirations behind A Match Made in Venice

The inspirations behind A Match Made in Venice

Venice is a dream setting for many kinds of fiction, but I found the city to be utterly perfect inspiration for a romantic comedy – so perfect, that one book became two, with the second due out in early 2022. As the immortalised Venetian son (and sometime exile)...

The real places behind a Match Made in Venice

The real places behind a Match Made in Venice

Murano: the centuries-old industry of Venetian glassmaking has Roman and Byzantine origins, but was forcibly moved to Murano from 1291 due to the potential for fire damage to the city from the glassmaking furnaces. It has been the site of innovation in glassmaking...

Meet the characters of Blackberry Farm!

Meet the characters of Blackberry Farm!

War Clouds Over Blackberry Farm is the new wartime saga from bestselling author Rosie Clarke. Lizzie is the main female lead in the first Blackberry Farm.  She has red hair greenish eyes and is vivacious, likes to laugh and is a bit on the mischievous/reckless side in...

The Cornish Midwife’s Christmas Present by Jo Bartlett

The Cornish Midwife’s Christmas Present by Jo Bartlett Izzy dropped the copy of the Three Ports News on the table, as she hurried into the kitchen at her grandparents’ house. She hadn’t even realised she’d scooped it up with the rest of the shopping, when she’d taken...

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