And now for something completely … old

Read Jenny Harper’s blog on Take Five Authors. This is particularly interesting to us as we were both raised in Edinburgh. What a great city!

Take Five Authors

256px-Bute_House,_Charlotte_Square_Edinburgh Bute House, Charlotte Square (Edinburgh New Town) via Wikimedia Commons.

I’m enjoying myself. I’m having a go at something completely different. I’m researching an idea for an historical novel.

I’m not telling you what it is, because it’s a great idea (or at least, I think it is!), but I’m surrounded by reference books and I’m having a ball. It’s giving me sanction to read – because after all, it’s research. There’s something in my Calvinist nature that makes me drive myself quite hard, so allowing myself the luxury of spending an entire afternoon turning the pages of a novel, no matter how good, is rare. (For all disappointed fellow novelists reading this, I listen to a great many audio books and if I like them enough, I buy them in paperback also).

My novel will be set in 18th/19th century Edinburgh. It’s a great period – the

Sir_Henry_Raeburn_-_Portrait_of_Sir_Walter_Scott Sir Walter Scott, via Wikimedia Commons

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