I have enjoyed a passion for historical novels that began in my early teenage years immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer. During my twenties, armed with Mathematics and Computer Science degrees, I embarked on a career in technology and consulting continuing to read historical fiction in the tiny snippets of time available to working women with children to raise.

In 2004, I moved to Hong Kong with my husband and no job. To keep busy I decided to research my grandfather’s part in the Great War. What began as an effort to understand my grandparents’ lives blossomed into a fulltime occupation as a writer. Beyond my debut novel UNRAVELLED, I have written two other novels with WWI settings. I have an active blog—A Writer Of History—on all aspects of historical fiction including interviews with a variety of authors and others involved in this genre. Additionally, I am a book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. I live in Toronto, Canada and I’m happily married with two adult children.

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17 entries by M.K. Tod

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Why the iconic French city looms so large in life and literature.

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The Glass Woman

By Caroline Lea

Atmospheric and foreboding, this Icelandic tale is permeated with undercurrents of violence and riveting imagery.

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A Change of Time: A Novel

By Ida Jessen; translated by Martin Aitken

This quiet tale of rural Denmark celebrates life’s small, intimate moments.

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The Glass Woman: A Novel

By Caroline Lea

Atmospheric and foreboding, this Icelandic tale is permeated with undercurrents of violence and riveting imagery.

Book Review

A Change of Time

By Ida Jessen; translated by Martin Aitken

This quiet tale of rural Denmark celebrates life’s small, intimate moments.

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Parsing the results of a recent reader survey

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Mr. Rochester

By Sarah Shoemaker

The dashing hero from Jane Eyre is given his own multifaceted backstory in this wonderful tale.

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Weigh in on your bookish preferences, habits, and attitudes!

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A new survey of Great War novels finds that 91% of respondents have read either a few or many books set during this era.

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Mr. Rochester: A Novel

By Sarah Shoemaker

The dashing hero from Jane Eyre is given his own multifaceted backstory in this wonderful new tale.

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Can this novel of forbidden love between an artist and his muse fulfill its promise?

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The Muralist: A Novel

By B.A. Shapiro

An artistic tale set in a world at the brink of war.

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Readers offer their input on the much-loved genre.

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The Glory of Life

By Michael Kumpfmüller, translated by Anthea Bell

This fictionalized chronicle of Kafka’s last year is rich in detail, light on drama.

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The Miniaturist

Jessie Burton

A young bride struggles to make sense of her new life in 17th-century Amsterdam in this evocative, atmospheric novel.

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What draws readers to this popular genre?

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Readers recently chose their favorite 10 historical fiction authors. Who are they, and what makes them stand out?