Category: Shop Talk

Shop Talk: using Clothing To Shape Story and Character

n Chaucer and Costume: The Secular Pilgrims in the General Prologue (DS Brewer 2000), Laura Hodges presents in wondrous detail how in “Chaucer’s descriptions of textiles, as well as styles, garments, and accessories worn by his pilgrims… [he] weaves a web of costume signs and fabricates characterizations.” (3) Laura knows something about using clothing to enhance a text, and that is why she has been my go to person regarding medieval clothing ever since we met.

A GLIMPSE INTO A WRITER’S PROCESS: A TRIPLE KNOT

On World Book Day, a paper presented in 2013 about how A Triple Knot came into being.

Danièle Cybulskie Interviews Me for the Medievalist Podcast!

A week ago Danièle Cybulskie and I chatted about creating the worlds of my medieval novels. Here’s a link! She’s an Owen Archer fan, so we talk about how it all began with The Apothecary Rose and go on from there, eventually bringing in… Continue Reading “Danièle Cybulskie Interviews Me for the Medievalist Podcast!”

Q&A with Kim Zarins, author of Sometimes We Tell the Truth

I am delighted to introduce you to Kim Zarins, author of the YA novel Sometimes We Tell the Truth (Simon Pulse, Sept. 2016), a brilliant retelling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in a contemporary setting, with the “pilgrims” as high school seniors on a… Continue Reading “Q&A with Kim Zarins, author of Sometimes We Tell the Truth”

A Writer Reading: White Fang by Jack London

**warning: geeky writer post For the past several years I’ve been browsing books about wolves because, well, I’m writing a book entitled A Conspiracy of Wolves. In my research one book kept rising to the top: White Fang by Jack London. For a while… Continue Reading “A Writer Reading: White Fang by Jack London”