Kate Allan

The online diary of Kate Allan, author

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Fateful Deception out in November!

Just looking myself on amazon today (as you do) and I notice that my short novel, Fateful Deception, has been listed and will be published 1st November this year in large print as part of the Linford Romance Series imprint. It's currently available as an ebook from Belgrave House and it was already previously in print as a serial cheap paperback but it will be really exciting to be able to have a book edition in paperback. I can't wait to see what the cover will be like...

This was the first book I ever sold for publication and it was the title shortlisted for the RNA New Writers Award.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Time periods and locations

Stuff happens faster than I can blog it... so if you want to catch up on the Romantic Novelists' Association Conference, there's posts from Michelle Styles, Julie Cohen, Amanda Ashby, Nell Dixon and Fiona Harper.

What I was wondering about today was time periods... in terms of settings for fiction. I had a chat last night with someone at my writers circle about how great Roman-set fiction was (prompted by the fact that Michelle Styles, co-author of The Lady Soldier, also writes Roman-set fiction - and so I mention this to anyone possible). I, of course, love the early 19th century (Regency) period. But I wonder if we (authors and readers) pick on popular settings and neglect lesser-known ones to our greater detriment. Why isn't there more fiction set in the 17th century (e.g. English Civil War)? Why are Sagas always 19th or 20th century set, and not earlier? Why is historical romance usually confined to well known settings and locales?

I don't have an easy answer. The zeitgiest of the Regency period attracts me to write it, and while I'm always on the lookout for quirks and unusual pieces of random historical interest to include in my stories, perhaps I'm not pushing enough.

At the RNA Conference, Freda Lightfoot spoke about optimising settings - i.e. using settings to show character and action, not just be there as background. I'm immediately conscious that I'm thinking more deeply about this and writing more powerful descriptions accordingly. Setting does matter. Whether it's a well known time period or location, or something more unusual, it's not just the scenery, it really is part of the story.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


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