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Making use of history in fiction

I wrote on my reading blog last week about historical fiction and how historically accurate it should be. Some writers and readers think that it should be akin to academic research in accuracy, others that the story always comes first.
There are other ways to use historical facts in fiction than writing historical fiction. I like to add little details every now and then to give my characters some depth. My characters are long-living vampires and shape-shifters who have witnessed centuries of history first hand. It would be odd if that didn’t show somehow. One of my pet peeves is characters who don’t have personal history beyond the book, and it’s doubly annoying if the character has lived for centuries.
For example, the hero in Warrior’s Heart, Jasper Grayson, has fought in the Battle of Killiecrankie. It took place in July 1689 between Highland Scottish clans who supported King James VII of Scotland/James II of England, and troops who supported King William of Orange. Jasper fought for…

In anticipation of my next book

I promised last week that I would tell more about my next book. It’s the fourth in my urban fantasy/paranormal romance series The Two-Natured London. The first and third books were about shifters and the second about vampires. Now it’s vampires’ turn again.

Like the second book, Warrior’s Heart, this fourth book concentrates on the Crimson Circle, the organisation of elite vampire warriors. Warrior’s Heart was about Jasper Grayson who found his match in Philippa Audley, a DI and a modern vampire. The next book is about Jeremy, Jasper’s younger brother by a couple of years and his constant companion for over three centuries. Now that Jasper has found someone to share his long life with, Jeremy is feeling lost. Until he meets Corynn Sparks.
Cora is a human woman. She should be perfectly safe from the Circle’s age old enemy, the renegade vampires, but she finds herself their target. So Jeremy sets out to protect her. And then everything goes wrong.
I’ve yet to decide on the name. At the mom…

That bothersome second draft

I’ve been busy writing the fourth Two-Natured London novel. The yet to be named book is about Jeremy Grayson, brother of the vampire warrior Jasper who was the hero of Warrior’s Heart. I hope to publish it in May.

This fourth book has been easy to write. Partly it’s because I already had so much of the background created for the previous books, and partly, because for the first time I outlined the book from the start to finish. The latter wouldn’t have been possible without the first, however. I’m a pantser and don’t always know where my stories will lead me, but familiarity with the world made the outlining easier.
Easy though the writing has been, what I have in my hands is only the first draft. Usually, I edit quite a lot as I go, but I haven’t done much of that either this time round. So, a thorough second draft is needed.
Second drafts are annoying. Gone is the creative buzz that drives the author during the first draft. Now it’s about finding the holes in the story, improving the c…

5 reasons why I like Tweetdeck

“Hi, my name is Susanna and I’m a Twitter-holic.” 
I don’t know if Twitter-addicts Anonymous exists yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. I don’t need an intervention yet – I think – but Twitter does hold most of my social media interest. And it takes much of my time that would be better used otherwise too.
Many users find Twitter annoying and confusing, however. I’m sure I would find it annoying too, if it weren’t for Tweetdeck, a browser app meant for making your Twitter use more effective. Since I passed a personal Twitter milestone last week, 3000 followers – thank you all, by the way – I thought to share with you why I like Tweetdeck so much.
1. Tweetdeck allows you to follow all your lists at the same time
You can organise all the lists you follow in columns and view them side by side, simultaneously. If you have many Twitter lists, you don’t have to jump between them in order to check them out. Of course, this is only useful to you if you already have created lists. If you …

My new paperback