Getting To Know… Author Keith Nixon @knntom

Can’t wait to read Dig Two Graves by Keith Nixon because I grew up around the badlands of Thanet!

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Today I am delighted to have Keith Nixon on my blog as my get to know author. Keith’s latest novel, Dig Two Graves is out today and is available to purchase from Amazon.

arches 3I’ve always wanted to write, I started when I was around ten, but never had the stamina to finish a book. I was always a voracious reader, though. I felt I needed an event to drive a story – I started properly writing about twenty years ago, a historical fiction novel about a POW escape from Italy in WW2. It’s still in the sock drawer, but at least I got to the end. Another writing hiatus followed until about fifteen years ago when as a family we visited Maiden Castle and I learned this huge structure was taken by the Romans around 44 – 45AD. Another event to write around. This became The Eagle’s Sword and…

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A Time To Change by Callie Langridge #BlogBlitz @bombshellpub @CLangridgeWrite

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Dedication

I hope it’s now abundantly clear why there’s been such a dearth of blogs on my site this past year but just in case you missed the announcement I’ve been otherwise engaged. Books don’t write themselves. In my case it’s taken a lifetime to achieve this goal. Although I thought I would write my first novel soon after leaving school life got sort-of busy and soon there was a mortgage to pay, commitments to fulfil and my dream of writing a novel had to be postponed – no rush, I had all the time in the world.

Then we had a year of disasters – life-changing disasters. Taking time out to write a book was no longer an option – no space available for fulfilling ‘unpaid’ ambitions. For many years times were tough and however much I wanted to write ‘that book’ it never resolved into action. Dreams have a habit of remaining ‘on hold’.

One of the first friends I met after moving to Cumbria was a quietly spoken artist called Liz. A master-silversmith and teacher she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where she was paired her with Bruce Oldfield for her final exhibition. However, instead of proceeding as an artist in the Big City, she returned to her parent’s home in Cumbria because she wanted to nurture creativity in local schools. To that end Liz enlisted anyone she thought could help, including me, because she believed passionately that ‘making’ art was essential for achieving fulfilment in life.

Liz died of ovarian cancer in 2008. I miss her gentle passion, her calm resolve, her softly spoken words which prompted those around her first to try, then to do better. She always expected her students to aim high yet never raised her voice or bullied, her ways were far more subtle and enduring.

There isn’t a dedication in The Blood of Kings. It would take more than one page to list everyone who helped towards writing this novel, but I would like everyone to know my friend Liz was the instigator, if not the spur.  Bless you girl, wherever you’re hiding.

 

 

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Blog Tour ~ Review ~ The Blood of Kings by Angela King.

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BLOG TOUR: The Blood of Kings

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The Blood of Kings by Angela King #CoverReveal @bombshellpub @angelaS969

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The Kindred Killers by Graham Smith #CoverReveal @Bloodhoundbook @GrahamSmith1972

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A Roman Wall

Sough – in my glossary of Scottish words- means to whistle softly. Young’s mastery of words is breathtaking.

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Lazy grey cattle dozed in the August heat, between sharp falls of rain from dark explosions of cloud, a half mile or so to the west of Crag Lough, where the Whin Sill marks the vertical edge of the old Roman Empire.

Nearby lay a dip to Turret 38, stuck in the bottom of a gulley with hills to the west, east, and north. What a stupid place, you can’t help thinking, to put a watchtower, when a hundred yards to one side or the other would have brought you to a hilltop with views 360 degrees around, and for miles in each direction. It tells us something about the men who made the wall, the men who planned it that is. It wasn’t a military mind, I think, that planted the watchtower there, but a bureaucratic one, marking off the right number of paces from tower to tower –there’s…

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The Blood of Kings by Angela King #CoverReveal @bombshellpub @angelaS969

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