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I grew up in London, spending a childhood largely immersed in books and my own world of make-believe, fuelled by a kaleidoscope of literary and historical obsessions. This has mostly set the pattern for my life so far, and inspired me to spend years studying Greco-Roman society, gaining an MA and a PhD in the process.
Now I live by the sea with my partner and a black cat called Achilles.
I write mostly historical, mostly gay fiction. I also write urban fantasy, involving vampires. I see my vampire fiction as also historical, to a degree, as following the stories of immortals serves as an excuse to visit and explore many time-periods.
Most of my historical fiction is set in the ancient Greco-Roman period, which I studied for many years and which remains a passion with me (reading Suetonius can have a terribly corrupting effect on a young mind...).
I like to offer an alternative, more internalised window on Greco-Roman society, the emotional and cultural lives of courtesans and poets rather than the deeds of gladiators and victorious generals. An elegiac rather than epic perspective.
I also like to explore that period’s differing attitudes to sex and gender and imagine how individuals may have responded to the mores of their time, whether consciously defying them or finding some kind of liveable compromise.
on July 28, 2013 :
Really? All I can say is that some people were born to be just readers. I just couldn't connect the dialogue/language to the time period depicted. The story has promise but was quite disjointed. Was the word 'boyfriend' used back then?
I enjoyed the video though. 5 stars for it.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 07, 2012 :
Really enjoyed this!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 29, 2012 :
This book was so good, I can't wait for more from this author!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)