People often ask which writers really inspired me tp write, and it’s a great question. There are lots of writers I love and who have provided me with hours of enjoyment, but there are a special few who made me think about how I wanted to write and what I wanted to write about. Here is one of my all time favorites…

Rosemary Sutcliff. Most of you have probably never heard of her, because she wrote mainly children’s books and that’s when I first encountered her. Her books are historical and she inspired my enduring love for the ancient history of Britain, the Bronze Age, the Romano British, the medieval knight, all these things came alive in her writing. And she wasn’t a sentimentalist. Her books are quite gritty considering they are for children, but I think even then I responded to her honesty and tremendous sense of history.

Some of my favorites include, Warrior Scarlet, Simon, The Eagle of the Ninth, Knight’s Fee and my two absolute favorites that I still reread to this day are, The Mark of the Horse lord and The Lantern Bearer’s. And if you want a fabulous take on the real King Arthur legend read her adult novel, The Sword at Sunset It is breathtaking.


And if this cover reminds you of another very well known author’s cover, let me know in the comments 🙂

Yesterday I was asked by my new publisher NAL if I had any thoughts about the potential cover for the first in the Tudor Vampire series, “The Kiss of the Rose” Even though I’ve been busy researching accurate Tudor dress and immersing myself in Tudor portraits, there was only one place I could send them for inspiration-Show Times’s “The Tudors”.


Well it inspires me 🙂 Now if they could just persuade the real Jonathan Rhys-Meyers to grace the cover with his presence, I’d be in heaven…