In which we’re talking backstory

on May 6, 2013

So now that A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS is finally out we can start talking about what went into it! Today it’s Delilah’s backstory–specifically, her American backstory. Initially, she was English and I didn’t give it much thought. But then I started digging into the research. I read masses of memoirs, letters, journals, biographies–all dealing…

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In which it’s all bits and bobs

on May 2, 2013

Morning, chickens! Today’s post is a collection of odds and ends. It’s been a whirlwind week for sure. With the release of SPEAR–YAY!–there have been loads of little projects to tie up and some new opportunities to pursue. Loads of good stuff going on, just trying to keep myself organized so I don’t miss anything!…

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In which I say thanks!

on May 1, 2013

Readers are the best. NO, REALLY. Y’all made yesterday’s launch a really wonderful day, and I hugely appreciate it! It looks like Amazon and B&N are now accepting reviews, so if you planned on leaving one, you’re good to go. (And thanks for that as well!) I hope you saw yesterday’s update with the contest…

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on April 30, 2013

 The countdown is over, chickens—it’s RELEASE DAY! It’s been a long time coming, and I am so, so happy that A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS is out in the world. It’s a day of mystery and magic, which suits the book. It’s Walpurgis Night, Beltane Eve, the eve of May Day—a celebration of creation and…

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In which it is release week!

on April 29, 2013

TOMORROW, darlings–TOMORROW! I am beyond thrilled that A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS is almost here. There are going to be loads of contests on different sites and blogs over the next week or two, and I’ll be posting links as I find them. First up is a book giveaway by Evangeline Holland–and I’m warning you…

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In which I am interviewed

on April 26, 2013

Here is an interview I just did with the very gracious Susan Spann! So kind of her to invite me to chat on her blog–and great questions. Thanks, Susan!

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In which I have a reader from Driffield

on April 26, 2013

You might remember in SILENT ON THE MOOR a character who makes a brief appearance–the Duke of Driffield. Well, as it happens, I received a lovely note from a reader who lives six miles from Driffield! (It’s a gorgeous part of England, Yorkshire is. If you get the chance, GO.) Anyway, I try to answer…

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In which I am Williged!

on April 25, 2013

I have made no secret of my love for Lauren Willig–she’s a doll. No, seriously. She’s petite and cute and you could probably pop her in your pocket and carry her around. She’s also graciously invited me to be interviewed on her blog and we’re giving away a book! Yep, if you’ve tried all the…

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In which I am asked questions

on April 24, 2013

One of the interesting parts of my job is giving interviews. Often, the questions are thought-provoking–and sometimes nerve-rattling, like when I’m asked to name a favorite anything because that can change. Quickly and often. But some questions crop up a lot and those are the ones it’s difficult to answer simply because I don’t like…

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In which I have feelings

on April 23, 2013

Oh, so many feelings. So yesterday I had a two-hour conversation with darling new editor–seriously, the girl crush I have is getting absurd. But as I tweeted, she calls and my first thought is, “ERMAHGERD. MER ERDERTER.” She’s a fireball of enthusiasm and yesterday’s chat was about where we are going next. Y’all are getting…

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