Author has written 121 stories for Harry Potter, Scarlet Pimpernel, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly/Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Dragonriders of Pern series, Hawk the Slayer, Emma, Beowulf, Bible, Warhammer, Shadowrun, Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, Wind in the Willows, Lord of the Rings, Georgette Heyer novels, Mechwarrior/Battletech, Miss Marple Stories, David Eddings, Shogun, Lady Molly of Scotland Yard, Shakespeare, Calvin & Hobbes, A Little Princess, Iliad, Japanese Mythology, James Bond, Greek Mythology, Hercule Poirot series, Cthulhu Mythos, CSI, Mission: Impossible, Chronicles of Narnia, Mansfield Park, Ironside, Misc. Books, Pride and Prejudice, Traveller, Winnie-the-Pooh, Fairy Tales, and Worst Witch.
'Poison for a poison tongue' has been joined by the second book in the Felicia and Robin series, the 'Mary Rose Mystery' which IMO is a better book. I'm preparing book three, 'Died True Blue'. If anyone wants to write fanfiction around Robin and Felicia, feel free, but be aware I DO have a history mapped out for them spanning [at the moment] 21 books, some of which are short stories. Feel free to contact me if you have the urge to write something! [any prequels I like might even end up included, and credited in a book of prequels one day as I have 3 already on the blog].
'death of a fop' and 'Jane and the Bow street Runner' are also in publication and I need to buff up 'Jane and the Opera Dancer'. You'll get - eventually - 'Jane and the vanishing valet' on here first as well.
Vanities and Vexations will be coming DOWN from my page here as soon as I am ready to publish as other e-forms are verboten by Kindle. This is a slightly altered version, containing 'by any other name' as a prologue and with the frisky charades between Anne and John included. All references to Heyer characters have been removed to comply with the requirements of the agent of Miss Heyer's estate.
I apologise to my Dragonrider fans that I haven't got anything transcribed. I've had a lot of family illness to deal with over the winter.
Harry Potter fans, I have plenty of material written which Trancefan is kindly editing for me. And ticking me off gently for being unkind about Americans. Sorry, US fans - it's a national sport in Britain.
I also have a blog atwhich is a shameless sharing of news about the kitties, little ones and big grown up ones, and an introduction to the stories about Tabitha Tabs a farm kitten whose stories [aimed at 6-8 year olds but adults have happily demanded more] are now available on Amazon at
As well as Amazon.com my books are also available from European Amazon sources.
I will be hoping to bring out other JA sequels. As there are changes to the published versions, unless the moderators ask me to take them down I will leave the draft versions here.
I have a blog where I'll be posting all sorts of research and stuff, hopefully of use to writers and readers alike, and where updates on books will be mentioned.
or google for Renaissance and Regency Rummage Repository. I've put up a load of links that other writers might find useful. Seriously do use the resources out there. Please. I HATE finding glaring anachronisms in otherwise excellent stories and often I stop reading. I particularly recommend The Regency Redingote.
You will find three short stories there that are prequels to 'Poison for a Poison Tongue': The Missing Necklace; Signor di Piccolo's Bill of Exchange; and Silver Threads among the ...Lead. Please go and read them and leave a comment! This means you guys, pretty pleas!
if you don't want to leave a comment on a public blog - I do have anonymous comments enabled - you can always PM me here. Please nicely...
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I will continue to randomly swap around my avatar to cover a variety of the things I write. You'll mostly get pen and ink because that's what I do best; some will be then coloured; there's the odd photomontage.
General Warning: It occurs to me that some readers may be sensitive to being upset due to personal experiences by some of the things I write about. I write about problems that need addressing and place them in the context of fiction. Mentions of abuse of various kinds, violence,rape, racism and homophobia as well as character deaths, senility and mental illness may be found generally in long series more than oneshots or single stories. I feel strongly about the right of all beings to have a decent life without other people making it hard for them and sometimes I'm blunt about it.
PM me for what you particularly want me to follow up. I do take notice of fervent requests so far as the muse permits.
For those people at sea with the 18th century and Regency slang I use,I have links to good sites from my blog
I am considering writing a non-fiction book called 'Readers' and Writers' guide to the Regency' which will include all my research including how to recognise a morone lutestring half-gown with Andalusian sleeves let in with Esterhazy coloured silk - should you wish to do so. I would include slang, cant and naval terminology, fashion, wages and prices and the best places to go shopping in London and the provinces. I will wander into such things as waterclosets, laundering delicate fabrics and the climate as it performed to the vagaries of Volcanic winters. It will probably contain a short chapter on sheep - or rather livestock - and a brief examination of the flora and fauna of the English hedgerows under which [despite popular cliche] Mrs Bennet never declared herself expected to starve. Let me know what you think of the idea! Some of the research on my blog expanded and so on will likely be in it
I've always been a prolific and eclectic reader and also have always tended to wonder 'what happens next' or 'what would happen if...' so I guess fan fiction was always seething somewhere in my mind! I'm in my mid forties but I claim that I shan't be middle aged until I can no longer put on my socks without sitting down which was a definition of being middle aged I formulated in my teens and am firmly sticking to. I have some disabilities so reading and writing are two great pleasures.
I'm a pedant and addicted to sesquipedalian phraseology, some would say I was prolixic or even inclined to loggoroea; I make no apology for using the long words I love in my fiction; I read dictionaries for fun too. anyone who knows me will tell you that I use long words most egregiously in my everyday speech and always have. I also answer telesales people who ask 'can I speak to...' with 'You can, but you may not'. Told you I was a pedant.. I like semi-colons properly used and yes, I do like exclamation marks to mark a speech with a bit more animation to the tone.
I think that the process of sub-creation is the most fun part of writing; developing the economic infrastructure and social interrelations and small things like what do people read, and what animals are there that aren't part of the grand scheme of the author's plans and how do the ordinary people NOT part of the epic actually live their lives. I was introduced to RPG's by my then boyfriend, now husband of 29 years
I enjoy research and in my historical fics I'm totally committed to historical accuracy. Anachronisms are anathema. sloppy language use without checking if a word or turn of phrase is consistent with the milieu is something I hate
I dedicate my writing to my husband but as I've written most of it to keep him amused through a long illness that's only fair!
Just to make it clear in case I forget to add a disclaimer to any story; the author of any original for which I write fan fiction owns everything; I own nothing but OCs and my own warped sense of humour. It pleases me to borrow the characters and worlds in order to have fun with them and I promise not to fold or staple them and not to mutilate them too much. I make no money and probably spend more than any but a top author makes on research books, because writing is a good excuse to read more books.
Something that puzzles me is the wide range of different definitions of Mary-Sue which seem to run from 'Cleverer than Reviewer' through to what I believe is the more properly accepted definition 'a perfect character who is good at everything and does not have or acknowledge faults and so cannot grow' which second definition strikes me as being too boring a character to write about. For my own amusement I'm going to compile a list of canon characters who would be Mary-Sue under the looser definitions people seem to run by, ie having any three of the following characteristics: Clever, Lucky, Good-looking, Able to be Nice to people even in adversity, Powerful, Egotistic, Makes friends easily, Witty, Brave, Irritatingly good at being right
Captain James T Kirk; Hermione Granger; Sara Crewe; Peter Pevensie; Gandalf; Aphrael; The Vampire Lestat; Hercule Poirot; Elizabeth Bennet; Mr Darcy; Mr Knightley; Hobbes [of Calvin and Hobbes]; The Scarlet Pimpernel; James Bond; Lady Molly; Miss Marple; Lessa of Benden; Sherlock Holmes.
And in real life: Audie Murphy; Mary Queen of Scots; Queen Victoria; Napoleon
Just for starters. Well they mostly seem popular enough characters even so! Do think about this and consider each of them as if they were introduced OC's. I think you'll see what I mean...
If you feel strongly that Mary Sue is often misrepresented feel free to copy and paste my comments to your own profile. Try to add your own favourite so-called Mary-Sue characters from fiction - or even real life - rather than just copying mine though if you can!
I don't in general subscribe to memes but I take the point of them. And I feel moved to try to start one to try to encourage better reviewing and less sloppy laziness in trying to find something more meaningful to say than 'I didn't like the hero[ine]'. 'I liked/disliked this story' is valid criticism. Adding why is a bonus. Not engaging with a central character is a fine reason. But don't jump on a Mary Sue count just because some of us make our characters as clever as we are.
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