But back to writing, by which I also include developing a story-line. Although I term my writing habit as ad hoc I actually undertook a lot of research once I had decided on a period and culture. I strongly suspect that, in the historical fiction genre, many authors are more expert in their period than their academic counterparts. I would happily go head-to-head with anyone on ancient Ireland circa 400 BC.
As a new writer, at least in fiction, I thought I would never get past the first fifty pages. There was so much white space to fill up. By the time I had reached 500 pages I was beginning to panic as to how to draw the book to an appropriate conclusion leaving threads that would link it to the next in the series, but yet be a self-supporting story in its own right.
Now my challenge is how to end this blog article with a suitably snappy comment. I will defer to Brendan Behan - “All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.” Until the next time, “Slántu”