This year is the 1400th anniversary of Hild’s birth. According to Bede.* Given that her feast day is mid-November, and in my novel her birthday is mid-October, I’ve decided autumn would be a splendid time to celebrate.Read more "Latin for fourteen hundredth anniversary?"
Two pieces of news. On Wednesday, the twentieth anniversary of our first (not legal) wedding, Kelley and I got married in the eyes of the US government. Some more nifty blurbs for Hild:Read more "Some news"
Here’s a long and meaty conversation between me and my editor Sean McDonald (VP and Executive Editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux) about the making of Hild. I talk about going to Whitby for the first time, years ago, and having the fundamental realisation that shaped my writing career and made Hild inevitable:Read more "Shoutout to favourite bloggers in an interview about writing Hild"
Coming 11.12.13 This is the cover of my novel, Hild (available for pre-order) which will be published in the US on 12 November 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (When I know UK and other publication dates I’ll post them.) I love it. It’s not perfect. First, what I love. As this is a JPEG, […]Read more "The cover of HILD"
detail from the cover of Hild * This blog began in 2008 with a medievalist blogger’s meme game about favourite historical characters. (I was tagged by Michelle of Heavenfield.) I desperately wanted to talk about Hild, the main character of the novel I was working on at the time. But I had no blog. I built one. So […]Read more "Ten questions and answers about Hild"
This is the seventh draft of Hild. It is the version you will read (after some copyediting). It will be published in the US on 12th November by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. At this stage I don’t know when it will be published in the UK, or by whom. I’m guessing I’ll have a notion […]Read more "Hild: 12 November 2013"
After discovering the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture I’ve been playing with Photoshop, imagining what Hild’s grave marker might look like. (This is just a first pass. It will end up looking much better when I’ve futzed with it.) This is adaptated from the Hildithryth stone found at St Hilda’s in Hartlepool. My dream is that […]Read more "Hild’s grave"
In terms of writing fiction, Irish has been the bane of my life. It’s my own fault; I’m lazy–or perhaps impatient is a better word–when in the grip of the work. Twenty years ago, when I was writing Ammonite, I created an isolated tribe based on the Mongols. I was hot on the trail of the […]Read more "Can anyone help with some Old Irish vocabulary?"
Bamburgh, painted by Norman MacKillop, used by permission I’m delighted to anounce that Hild will be published next year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It’s tentatively scheduled for autumn 2013: a big fat fall read, a perfect match for applewood fires and a snifter of Armagnac… The announcement is up at Publishers Weekly (“…steeped in […]Read more "Hild publishing deal"
I visited the UK in February and took the opportunity to fossick about in places Hild would have known. Whitby Abbey, of course, has been familiar to me for years. Sadly, when I was there this time, it was shut (no doubt as a result of this). No way in. Even the cliff was fenced […]Read more "Where Hild walked"