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The Marquise of Darkness by Phil Syphe #France #poison #blog

The Marquise of Darkness by Phil Syphe #France #poison #blog

Having just finished a book abut an Italian poisoner, I'm fascinated to have Phil Syphe here today to talk about another woman involved in poisoning. Over to Phil to tell us more. Set in seventeenth-century France, The Marquise of Darkness is based on the real-life...

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White Space in Historical Fiction

White Space in Historical Fiction

The reader's reaction happens in the gaps. I've just been reading a book about time. In it, we were encouraged to take a  pause for a few seconds to allow a breathing space. Later that night I was reading a historical novel as my bedtime reading, and noticed that it...

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Is your editor your servant or your master?

Is your editor your servant or your master?

As an author whose books are set in the past, servants and masters often come up, and the idea of a hierarchy based on who pays who. (see this post) Also as an author I rely on my editors to help me make my book the best it can be. I love editors, and most authors...

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