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The Becket Approval by Duncan Falconer

Why did I create a new character when many readers have been asking for a 9th John Stratton story?  The Becket Approval did indeed begin as a Stratton story. Not just in my head but on paper too. I wrote more than half the book with Stratton using his Special Forces instincts and solutions. But…
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The Lion’s Way by Lewis Orde

The Lion’s Way is the most enjoyable book I ever wrote, and Daniel Kerr, its protagonist, is perhaps the most interesting character I’ve created. That’s quite a claim to make when I look back at the men and women who populate the dozen novels I’ve written—newspaper publishers, spies, clothing-store owners, terrorists, business magnates, gangsters, political…
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Chasing Angels by Sally Zigmond

How and why did I write about Henriette? My husband began his sporting activities by first walking in hills and mountains and then climbing them with ropes and all the correct gear and techniques. He began on the famous Almscliffe Crag in Yorkshire. He then travelled to the Andes and Nepal with friends and professional…
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The Diana Jigsaw by John Douglas Bryant

Until a few years ago, I had entertained no desire or compunction to write a book about Diana. In truth, I considered that some, if not most, of the staggering number of books that have been authored to date were penned purely to cash in on the demise of the most photographed woman in the…
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The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham by Tony Riches

I spent two years researching the tumultuous life of Lady Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester. There are many accounts which sensationalise the events of her imprisonment and state important details incorrectly, most notably that Eleanor died at Peel Castle. It is well documented that her final two years were spent in peace and prayer at…
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Jack and Jill Went Downhill by R J Gould

I write ‘Romance’. In case you haven’t noticed, there aren’t that many males writing (nor for that matter, reading) this genre. I didn’t set out to be a romantic fiction author, I just got placed there because I explore relationships, particularly second-chance ones. I use humour to describe my protagonists’ tragi-heroic journeys in search of…
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Russian Magic: A Journey to Seek the Soul of Russia, by Cherry Gilchrist

If I choose just one key symbol from the rich panoply of Russian myth, it is the Firebird. She is the magical bird of light and inspiration. The Firebird appears in a blaze of light in fairy tales, appearing from the darkness of night to dazzle the human world. Not only is the Firebird a…
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Munich 10 by Lewis Orde

I enjoy reading two kinds of novels in particular: family sagas and thrillers. Ergo, when I began writing books in the late 1970s, I chose as my field – you guessed it – family sagas and thrillers. Admittedly, the sagas far outnumber the thrillers (eight to four, I think, at the last count) but each…
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Who Ordered the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand? by Alan Bardos

There are two basic schools of thought about the origins of the plot to assassinate Franz Ferdinand. The first is that it was ordered by Colonel ‘Apis’ Dimitrijevic, the head of Serbian Intelligence, to stop Austro-Hungarian interference in the Balkans and allow Serbian expansion. The assassination was organised by his deputy Major Vojislav Tankosic; who…
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On Writing Savage by Tim Madge

My novels derive from any number of sources. The genesis of Savage was my pondering over a simple question: what would be the outcome for a man, in the wilderness with two female companions, realising that they wanted him dead? That was the easy part. How to get him to that point became the genesis…
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