City of Signs – Historical Fiction Tips

“My master, Monsieur Price, has asked me to go to the sign of the Three Hands again, although I dislike the place. He buys powders for his experiments there.” – Elise reflects on her strange instructions in ‘The Alchemist of Paris’ In an age when many people were illiterate, the most common way to navigateContinue reading “City of Signs – Historical Fiction Tips”

Flash Fiction – The Old Man Under the Bridge

A new flash fiction for the New Year. *  *  *  * She ran fast through the city streets. The first fireworks were lighting up the sky. She found him under a floodlit bridge. He stood, hands in his pockets, gazing at the lights reflected on the flowing river. A ball of red and goldenContinue reading “Flash Fiction – The Old Man Under the Bridge”

Flash Fiction: The Undo Button

Flash Fiction returns! This week – what if life had an undo button?  *  *  *  * Jenny sighed as she accidentally deleted a paragraph in her document. She clicked the undo button and the text reappeared. If only life was that simple, she thought as she closed her laptop and headed for the coffeeContinue reading “Flash Fiction: The Undo Button”

Flash Fiction: An exercise in POV

Earlier this week, I had a post about describing places in your character’s words. Here is a mini-flash fiction from three POVs. The scenario, the summoning of three immortals, to a well-to-do house on a bay overlooking Sydney Harbour. *  *  *  * The door fell open as Alexander approached. He entered the hall, takingContinue reading “Flash Fiction: An exercise in POV”

That’s not my point of view! Keeping characters in character

In “The Alchemist of Paris”, my current work in progress, our intrepid young heroine is summoned to work as a maid for a mysterious master in Paris in 1820. As she arrives at the darkened house, she is filled with amazement as she gazes upon the baroque facade, the carved lintel over the door andContinue reading “That’s not my point of view! Keeping characters in character”