Ocelot Press author Nancy Jardine is a mine of information about the Romans in the north of England and Scotland, knowledge that she’s put to good use in her Celtic Fervour series: four novels, soon to become five. The series concentrates on a particular clan and its struggles to oust the Romans. Each book focuses on a specific character. Continue reading “Look at the History on Your Doorstep, Advocates Nancy Jardine”
Saint-Florent on the island of Corsica appears in my books under a different name.
A sense of place in fiction is very important to me, both in my own work and in the novels I read. Some of my favourite authors, such as Hannah Kent, Helen Dunmore and Tracy Chevalier, excel at weaving the setting seamlessly into the story. Novels are about people, of course, but they are the product of their environment and culture, so the setting is an indispensable part of the story.
But should you write about real places or make them up? There is no right answer and pros and cons exist to both of those alternatives.
Here at Ocelot Press, we were excited to be featured in this month’s Writing Magazine.
And, since we sent in the photo, we have an expanded stable of Ocelot titles – we’re now up to 15 published titles, with another two coming from Cathie Dunn this year – A Highland Captive (3rd March) and Love Lost in Time. Vanessa Couchman will release the first in a historical fiction trilogy, Overture, in the late spring.
The other Ocelot authors are writing feverishly as we speak! So keep coming back to find out the latest on our ever-expanding list of titles.
See our published and forthcoming books on our Books page.
Ocelot Press author Jennifer C. Wilson is running a series of writing workshops in North Shields, UK, starting in February. If you live in that part of the world, this is an opportunity not to miss. And at £15 per session, it’s a bargain.
In one month, on the 9th February, I’ll be hosting the first of six workshops I have planned in North Shields Library over the coming year, as part of my ‘A Novel Approach’ series, and I cannot wait.
As both an attendee and organiser, I absolutely adore writing workshops, of any style or genre, and at any level. There’s just something about starting with a blank page, being given a prompt, and feeling that spark of creativity strike, and the ink start to flow. As an organiser especially, seeing everyone, heads-down, pens rushing across the page, is a wonderful feeling. It means you’ve explained the prompt sufficiently for one thing!
That’s why I decided to organise my own series. Over the course of the first workshop, we’ll be looking at initial idea-generation, how to get those ideas into something resembling a plot, and other ways of getting…