Tag: Owen Archer

Shop Talk: Uses of History in a Novel

I’ve been thinking about the various ways I use history in novels. In the Owen Archer novels, I (as Candace) make use of the history to create the motivation for the crime and the circumstances–political, cultural, local–that led to it and that create obstacles…

Female Friendships

Last week a friend with whom I’d lost contact called me, and as soon as I heard her voice, so familiar and welcome, the years fell away. We talked and talked, and my mood’s been buoyant ever since. We met 30 years ago in…

First Anniversary–A Writer’s Retreat

Happy Anniversary, A Writer’s Retreat! I called it that because I wanted to talk shop, all the things I love to talk about with fellow writers and readers. For me it’s rather like the meditation retreats I also love, the silence, the pause for reflection. This year I’ve been reflecting on just what it is I’m after in my writing, what holds my interest.

First Anniversary–A Writer's Retreat

Happy Anniversary, A Writer’s Retreat! I called it that because I wanted to talk shop, all the things I love to talk about with fellow writers and readers. For me it’s rather like the meditation retreats I also love, the silence, the pause for reflection. This year I’ve been reflecting on just what it is I’m after in my writing, what holds my interest.

Everyman

As Emma is absorbed in writing The Hero’s Wife and reading Jonathan Sumption’s 3 vol The Hundred Years War (I admit, I’m gulping it down as well–marvelous!), I thought I’d take the opportunity to post a little something. Funny how little things trigger memories….