Thursday, 14 July 2005

I wasn't going to start blogging quite yet, but when the Daily Telegraph suggested this morning that I was not a Real Romantic Novelist, but merely a "Ringer" I realised that it was time to take some action.

I am a writer of historical fiction, as yet unpublished but that will change. I am currently working on a Romantic Regency Romp, James Bond meets Georgette Heyer, complete with fireworks and at least one elephant. If I had a good title for it I would tell you, but for the time being the file name is just "Regency".

My target is to complete and redraft the thing by the end of August at which point it goes off to the Romantic Novelists' Association's wonderful New Writers' Scheme where it will be read by somebody who knows what it takes to get published - Amanda Grange, or Elizabeth Hawksley, for instance.

But for now I will just end with another view of the event that started this blog off, this time as seen by The Times.

10 comments:

Penny said...

An elephant? So you'll be writing about Astley's Circus then? Didn't one of Frederica's brothers go there? Or am in the wrong book? It must have been the hot air balloon swishing past my window that made me think of Frederica.

I'm sorry I missed seeing you both cutting a dash at the RNA Conference last week, and appearing on University Challenge.

My own published writing career began with a Regency. It failed to win the RNA's New Writer's Award, but thanks to the RNA is was picked up by an agent, and b ecame a 'Georgian'(and a rather bad one)

Most unsporting of 'the other team' (imo) to suggest you were a ringer. - Bicycles at dawn?

Penny J



Good luck with your blog and your book.

Nell Dixon said...

Love the look of the blog! I met you briefly at the conference when you were offering julie C her motorbike experience. Well done on University Challenge.

Stephen said...

Penny - I think that you are in exactly the right book. I'm sure that Felix either visited Astley's, or wanted to, particularly when he found that the Catch Me If You Can wasn't still in operation.

Nell - thanks for those kind remarks. Motorcycle rides, strictly for research purposes of course, will be available at Penrith next year, weather permitting.

Kate Allan said...

Welcome to blogging, Stephan. You'll soon be addicted, promise.

I've just finished polishing up a Jane Austen inspired Regency caper which I hope Hale will publish. Just been thinking if I can describe it as x meets y, but actually it's pure Kate Allan, with a peppering of Jane Austen thrown in.

Anna Lucia said...

You realise that from Penrith you can take the famed Alston road up Hartside?

Arguably the most beautiful ride in England...

Stephen said...

Anna Lucia - I knew that there were some good roads up there. Certainly better than out along the M4 and back in again on the A30 which was about the best route on offer from Egham.

Anna Lucia said...

There's some lovely juicy hairpins... in summer there are hundreds of bikers, like flocks of ninja butterflies.

Anna (also Scamans and ofCumberland)

Katie Fforde said...

Thanks for the mention, Stephen. My agent suggested I wrote a blog but I felt weak at the time and said I hadn't got time. I'm rather a lax correspondent at the best of time.

I look forward to reading your blog though.

Anonymous said...

I thought you should sue Giles Smith. You play a blinder, and The Times doesn't even give you a namecheck.

Harriet did not bat said...

Sorry, that was signed "Harriet did not bat" in the preview, but for some reason Blogger decided to make me anonymous...