Tyntesfield: A Glorious, Madcap Mess

I was fortunate enough to visit Tyntesfield, which is on the outskirts of Bristol, six or seven years ago when the National Trust had just acquired it. Back then it was a work in progress; it was surrounded by the largest freestanding scaffolding in Europe while the roof was repaired, and it was in what […]

The rise of the ‘Alpha Wave’; is Mr Darcy coming back?

I had an interesting conversation with a friend this week about men. More specifically, fictional men, and what we really want in a made up male character. Now, those of you who are regular readers of this blog will know that I have a bit of a fascination for romantic heroes, but this conversation got […]

Transforming a text, and cross-media conjecture

The controversy surrounding the writing partnership of Sam Taylor Johnson and EL James  has been much documented during the release and aftermath of the first of the Fifty Shades film. How much of this is hype, and how much is actually true, is anybody’s guess, but it does throw up some interesting questions about how you […]

Romantic heroes

So, it’s Valentine’s Eve, and it’s time to think about some of the characters that have inspired me to create my own. What is it about certain fictional heroes that get my heart pumping and my blood rising? I make no apologies for the somewhat mainstream nature of this list – although perhaps one or […]