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Another Scottish castle – Duntrune

Castle Craig Lowrie of The Wolf of Dalriada Stories is a pastiche of Castle Duntrune, Castle Tioram, Dunollie Castle and Castle Mingary in Western Argyll. Its main feature is that it rests on the coast above the sea and is a fortified defence against marauding and...

A new beginning!

Just a quick note to explain my very long silence. Pleurisy/pneumonia and convalescence. Need I say more? But one thing I do want to emphasise is that  - rain or snow - The Author’s Mind has ploughed on and there are some wonderful books discussed on that page of this...

A Fine Romance?

  I have been thinking about Romance in novels. My characters, it seems, won't let go of the idea that they are really not stereotypes and there are reasons why they do things and there is evidence that they must change and grow. Even Adelaide de Fontenoy – a...

First Novel, Festival of Firsts

Delighted to have been offered the opportunity to read from the first Wolf of Dalriada story at the Wirral Festival of Firsts. In Finding the Wolf Within I shall be choosing excerpts that illustrate settings and character but don't spoil the story. Tricky one! Contact...

Another Milestone – on the production line!

23rd May 2018   More Milestones for The Wolf of Dalriada stories! Independent publishing is nothing if not teamwork. Fine – you've written a novel that has a story illustrating something important to you, making sense of the world as you see it. But you want to...

Spring is coming!

 The Call of the Wild! One of the delights of writing fiction is the imperative to bed it into reality. Sound strange? Not really. With historical fiction, for example, you wed your story to this earth through its place in place and time. And this is called...

Award-winning guest Jane Davis tells the story of her new novel, Smash all the Windows!

SO WHAT IS THE STORY? It has taken conviction to right the wrongs. It will take courage to learn how to live again. For the families of the victims of the St Botolph and Old Billingsgate disaster, the undoing of a miscarriage of justice should be a cause for...

‘The Wolf of Dalriada’ – questions for the hive mind of a book club!

A number of readers have kindly suggested The Wolf of Dalriada to their book clubs. I thought a list of possible questions to start the discussions off might be helpful. So here are thirty. Don't feel you have to do more than say 10-15. Avoid overkill! There is no...

Taming the Wolf within! A new kind of literary event

Author of The Wolf of Dalriada stories Elizabeth Gates presents: Taming the wolf within - from idea to publication Tue 3rd Oct 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm - A literary talk as part of the Wirral Libraries free Bookfest. How do you find an idea for a novel? How do you write...

Good News!

The Oban Inn – inspiration for The Three Fishes Inn in The Wolf of Dalriada –  stands on the North Quayside close to where in the 1790s the newly-minted Oban Distillery first stood. After several years' decline, it has now re-opened and, I am reliably informed, once...

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Let’s get physical!

Author Joanna Cannon appeared to have it all. Written during snatched moments in car parks at the hospital where she worked as a psychiatrist, Joanna’s first novel, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, garnered the lifestyle that many a writer would aspire to and an...

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Heroics

What do we hope for from a hero? Well, the first question is: how often do we meet heroes in real life? I can think of precious few. 'Cometh the hour, cometh the man (or woman)' doesn't seem to happen. Or it may be that by the time the media have inspected every...

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