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The Last Berserker (Fire Born 1): what exactly is a berserker anyway?

Over the Christmas break, when I was talking to lots of people about what I do for a living and…

The Saxon Wolf hits 1,000 reviews!

This is an excellent start to 2023 – the second book in my Fire Born series (aka The Saxon Wolf)…

Merry Christmas everybody – I’m done with 2022

It’s been a helluva year in the news: the world coming out of Covid, Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the threat…

How to make a living as a historical novelist

There is an old joke that goes: How do you make a million dollars in the restaurant business? Start with…

The over-enthusiastic etymologist, #3: Fulsome, Rum and Hooker

I’ve always loved words and, as a schoolboy, I desperately wanted to become an etymologist. I had a collection of…

The Saxon Wolf is just 99p – for a limited time

For the next few days, The Saxon Wolf (Fire Born 2), is on sale on Amazon for just 99p. That’s…

Pantser division: two ways to set about writing a historical fiction novel

Someone asked the other day how I set about writing a novel, and since I have written a fair number…

Have yourself a very Viking Christmas

What’s that emerging from Santa’s sack? Is it a huge, hairy, axe-wielding, 8th-century maniac? No? Would you like it to…