The Highwayman’s Quarry – Architecture

Writing fiction set in the late eighteenth century, it’s easy to imagine every building falling into the Georgian period of architecture, something like this image of the Crown and Anchor:

Daring and Decorum Has a Publisher

I’m so pleased to announce that Daring and Decorum will be published later this year by Supposed Crimes, a small publisher focusing on LGBTQ genre fiction. Among their stable of writers is Geonn Cannon, the award-winning author of the Riley Parra series and more. I haven’t made a big deal about the central relationship in Daring […]

Teaser Tuesday: An Evening at the Theatre

Apparently it’s Teaser Tuesday (also the first day of meteorological fall here in the northern hemisphere). So here are a few paragraphs from about a third of the way through Daring and Decorum: A Highwayman Novel. Elizabeth (the narrator) and her friend Rebecca are watching a performance of As You Like It at the Theatre Royal in Bath. Dora […]

The Highwayman’s Quarry – Celia’s Role in As You Like It

(One in an occasional series of posts on the background material for my novel, Daring and Decorum.) There’s an incredible tracking shot in Kenneth Branagh’s 2006 film adaptation of As You Like It that perfectly sums up my feelings about the character of Celia and the treatment she receives from the pen of The Bard. It happens in […]

The Highwayman’s Quarry – Swordplay

(One in an occasional series of posts on the background material for my novel, Daring and Decorum. See the rest of the series here.) When I decided to include a sword fight in Daring and Decorum: A Highwayman Novel (and how could I not, with Ellen Kushner’s The Privilege of the Sword as a primary influence?), I faced several problems. […]

The Highwayman’s Quarry – The Music

(One in an occasional series of posts on the background material for my novel, Daring and Decorum. See the rest of the series here.) I thought I’d post a collection of songs and other music that influenced or actually appear in Daring and Decorum: A Highwayman Novel. Most of them have to do with highwaymen, of course, but […]

The Highwayman Chapter 3

(Chapter 1 is here.)   3   Wednesday morning arrived, and Father sent me into Leighton, but a mile’s walk from the Parsonage, to call on Mrs. Burgess and renew our invitation for that evening. I was putting on my bonnet in the foyer when a knock came at the door. Our housekeeper opened it […]

The Highwayman Chapter 2

  2   That Sunday week, Father discovered a pair of new parishioners in the receiving line after church. “Ah, newcomers!” he exclaimed. “We are always most gratified at any addition to our flock.” “And we are glad to receive such a warm welcome in your charming neighborhood,” said the man, who appeared to be […]

The Highwayman Chapter 1

And still of a winter’s night, they say, when the wind is in the trees, When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas, When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, A highwayman comes riding— Riding—riding— A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door. – Alfred Noyes, […]

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