Historical Fiction or Historical Saga?

Book 1“…combines a very human and personal story with a very believable vision of Late Iron Age society in Northern Britain.”

Ocelot Press author Nancy Jardine’s Celtic Fervour Series, set in 1st-century Roman Britain, has also been called a historical saga by some reviewers. Across the 4-book series, you can read of the adventures of Brigante warriors from the Hillfort of Garrigill. The clan members sometimes take centre stage in one novel or become background characters in another and allow new clan members to shine. As the series progresses, Ancient Roman characters also take up prime slots.

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A Novel Approach 2: One month countdown!

The second novel-writing workshop from Ocelot Jennifer C. Wilson, taking place on Saturday 6th April. Tickets are available now; read on for more information.

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There’s something particularly exciting about seeing your workshops on a poster in the local library!

Last month, we had a fun session on “getting started” on the novel journey, and next month, on Saturday 6th April 2019, we’re going to be looking at all things “casting”, i.e. getting those pesky characters right, and onto the page!

Whether you’re writing heroic heroes or villainous, well, villains, they all need to be rounded, well thought-out, and identifiable as individuals. After all, there’s nothing worse than reading a piece of fiction and simply not being able to tell anyone apart, or finding everyone dull and unengaging.

Well, come along to my next workshop, and we’ll start tackling these things. We’ll talk about descriptions, dialogue, and creating believable characters who really help enhance those story ideas you have bubbling away.

No experience is necessary, and it doesn’t matter what sort of writing you enjoy…

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Escape to the past with Cathie Dunn’s latest novel!

Let Cathie Dunn take you back to the dark days of the Scottish Wars of Independence in her new novel, A Highland Captive – a historical adventure romance set in the west of Scotland, and the second tale in Cathie’s Highland Chronicles series of standalone novels.

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Look at the History on Your Doorstep, Advocates Nancy Jardine

 

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”

Fictional Versus Real Settings in Novels

Ocelot Press author Vanessa Couchman tells us how she approaches the issue of whether to use real or fictional placenames in her novels.

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Saint-Florent, Corsica 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.

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Ocelot Press featured in Writing Magazine

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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.

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Three Contemporary Mysteries by Nancy Jardine Join Ocelot Press

There’s history in two of Nancy Jardine’s contemporary Ocelot Press mysteries! Though, what of the third? She tells us more about the inspiration behind each of them. All three are now available under the Ocelot Press imprint. Continue reading “Three Contemporary Mysteries by Nancy Jardine Join Ocelot Press”