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The First Blog!

Writing one’s first blog is rather awe inspiring.  It’s like standing on the edge of the top diving board and looking down and wondering whether to jump or dive or creep ignominiously away from the edge and head back for the ladder. Is it going to be a full on diary? Is it going to be a record of deep thoughts and musings? Is it going to witness my bad moods and grumpy old woman moments? Is it going to be a blow by blow account of research and writing, or a finger on the pulse of my mental and spiritual welfare?

A bit of each from time to time, maybe. So, here goes. A bit of diary first.

I had an interview this morning with Steve Russell of the East Anglian Daily Times.  Unable to decide on a suitable venue in Colchester – I am sure there are nice places, but we couldn’t think of one that would be quiet enough for an interview - we ended up in the Green Room at the Mercury Theatre. (By special arrangement.) A working environment with just the right amount of chaos! And do it yourself coffee. An energising experience and one which may well give rise to a short story. Walking round in the interstices of a theatre always excites me. I am sure I was on the stage in one of my previous lives. I could feel ideas beginning to swirl round in my head which is exciting because when I am writing a novel all my creative energies become polarised and there isn’t really any enthusiasm or time left for stories or articles – or indeed blogs! I will wait and see if anything comes of it – and also wait and see what Steve comes up with in due course.

 I came home via the new Waitrose. It only opened a few weeks ago and I hadn’t been there before. What joy!  

This afternoon I have been checking out the last proof version of the website.  It is coming together rather well, although there will be a lot of work to do on it once it is made over to me, as there will be so much to fill in, particularly details of foreign editions of the various books which are going to take a long time to  put into the right place!  There is a new story waiting to go in somewhere, but I am going to run out of stories soon. Need to write some more before I start work on the next novel.

 I had a lot of trouble bringing up one of the pages  on the site – the section headed novels which refused to load. And here is my grumpy old woman bit for the day: No, actually grumpy doesn’t really cover it. Apoplectic, more like.  Apparently, Norton had decided that the words Daughters and Child could not be displayed. Make of that what you will. Only when they were removed would the entry work. We (i.e.  No 1 son who knows about these things!) had to turn something off to allow us to put the titles back!  And to think that only a few weeks ago Amazon were marketing Child of the Phoenix as a children’s book! Oh dear.

Tom, the tree surgeon, has just been to discuss doing a bit more coppicing in my little wood. It breaks my heart to put the dreaded yellow x on some of the trees, but they are doomed anyway – growing too close together, and this way I can give more space to the strongest trees and  have some firewood stacked up ready to season and at the same time provide hedgehog hidey holes through the winter. Autumn is tipping over from the most glorious colours into rather dull floppy dampness!

 

 

 

Comments

Jennifer Perry. on 01/06/15

Love every one of your books Barbara. Have just finished reading The Darkest Hour. Took me right back to my childhood and couldn't put it down.Can't wait for your next book!.

Annie Campbell on 15/01/15

Barbara. you are my favourite author please bring your next big thick hardback out soon! Just finished The Darkest Hour, I've read every one and got a bookcase full of yours! Look forward to your next one!
Annie
Bury St Edmunds

Valerie Corkin on 30/05/14

Hi Barbara

Is there a sequel to Midnight is a Lonely Place. I read it many years ago and have just enjoyed it again. Very gripping story but would like to find out what happened to Jon.

Val

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debbie rowlands on 01/04/13

hi barbara,i first read lady of hay wich gor me hooked on your books.Child of the phoenix was amazing i couldnt put it down,i havent read your new novel yet but i know i will,iv read all the others including the short stories.I just wish a movie could or would be made of lady of hay or child of the poenix.great site,and good to read other fans comments,please dont ever stop writing.

Stavros Oikonomidis on 28/09/12

Dear Barbara, You opened me a door to your world, many years ago, and I'm still a great fan of yours. I always suggest to my students to read your FANTASTIC books. Thank you so much!

Annie on 20/09/12

Hi Barbara,
I have read every one of your books, just finished river of destiny I could not put it down,I thoroughly enjoyed it. How long before your next one?
Kind regards
Annie. Sydney australia

Sylvia on 20/07/12

Barbara, have just finished reading Rivers of Destiny, great!! You did not disapoint.

Karen on 16/09/11

Barbara you are a wonderful writer who pulls the reader into every story that you write, I love the mixture of history and magic, once I finish one of your books I want more :-).
I brought your first book while in a second hand shop many years ago and I have never looked back, I was enthralled right from the start, I have read every book you have written all but the last one which I hope to get soon.
May you continue to write such wonderful stories for everyone to enjoy.
Brightest blessings
Karen

Jasmine Cakmak on 24/05/11

LOVED time legacy I just finished reading it today , please DONT stop writting LOVE every book you have written , I have just passed on lady of Hay to my sister inlaw she called me last night and lo and behold she has the erskine fever in her she wants more she refuses to borrow my books and has headed off to buy her own..please keep writting...
Warmest
regards
Jasmine
Sydney Australia

CAROL ANN XANTHOUDAKIS on 06/05/11

DEAR BARBARA, I HAVE READ ALMOST ALL OF YOUR BOOKS, & i AM A GREAT ADMIRER OF YOURS!!!! I AM MISSING, " THE CHILD OF THE PHOENIX", I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A BOOK SIGNED BY YOU, IF POSSIBLE?? i AM ANXIOUSLY AWAITING YOUR NEW BOOK. LOVE CAROL ANN , YOUR ADVED FAN.

karen on 13/04/11

love love love them all don't ever stop writing thanks for making magic

Judi Lyons on 31/12/10

I just enjoyed your (Audio) of 'House of echoes' I was so enthralled!
can you confirm it was only over four tapes as I was not sure if the end was left open for interpretation or if I am missing a further part?
If open, can you tell me if Joss' sons survive? and have all your books been released in audio form? Kind regards

Hi Judy, yes there were only 4 tapes, so I wonder if the version was just too heavily abridged to make the ending clear? It was left a bit open though!

Yes, there are only 4 tapes and the ending was left a bit open - but I fear in such heavily abridged versions it is sometimes hard to put in every nuance. I am glad you enjoyed it though. B

margaret on 23/12/10

Love your books and wait avidly for each new one. Just wish they were more carefully spell checked. So far in Time's Legacy I have come across barbarian hoards instead of hordes and someone who haled from Europe instead of hailed. Pedantic I may be, but bring back the human proof readers instead of the dubious, impersonal computer.

Ouch, sorry about that. There are human proof readers but obviously they didn't pick this up. Originally my fault, I fear. I write so fast I often make mistakes in the typing and you are right, without the red squiggly line it is easily missed in a long book.

Caroline Swain on 10/12/10

Dear Barbara
What a joy your books are, with themes very close to my heart. I'm suffering from a bad bout of bronchitis at the moment, but the Warrior Princess transported me to sunny Italy. Your descriptions are so tangible to every sense. Just finished Child of the Phoenix and moving onto Daughters of Fire to help me shake off the cough. You should take no heed of city dwelling reviewers who haven't understood the character and have never ventured to darkest Wales!! Just wondered if Rhodri is a young Bryn Terfel?
I am currently writing a two stranded story based on a past life regression I did and find your writing inspirational and the level to which I aspire!
Thank you so much for your books.
ps I love the visions of the umbrella and the whisky being watered down by the rain - a woman after my own heart!

sue on 06/11/10

barbara
I think it was in hiding from the light you wrote a paragraph where the heroine went thru a garden gate and there was a sudden silence, the air heavy with heat mixed with the heady fragrance of flowers as the sight and sound of a swollen bumble bee took her attention for a moment out of time.
I felt the heat ,heard the bumble bee and smelt the heady fragrance of the flowers.
congratulations for painting such vivid and potent pictures I remain an avid reader and admirer, I only wish I could write as well as you.
Please keep writing
sue from Australia

Gwen Ryan on 22/10/10

Dear Barbara.My sister introduced me to your books.I am currently reading Lady of Hay.I especially loved Child of the Phoenix as some of it is located in North Wales which is where I am from.I have visited Llywelyn's "plas"in Aber.Would you ever write a story about highwaymen-I loved the film Wicked Lady !with your writing talents I,m sure there could be a great novel!

Glads on 20/10/10

Love, Love.. =) I,m czech. No speak English. I love you Barbara.

Gillian on 02/09/10

Hi Barbara, I loved the Sands of Time and On the Edge of Darkness. I've not read Lady of Hay - yet. I like the mixing of two worlds. Thank You.

kim on 29/08/10

I read each book as its released , I love them all , when I read whispers in the sand little did I know I had a glass perfume bottle beside my bed from Egypt !.Brilliant books which I recommend to everyone ,thanks for many a happy hour reading , regards kim

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You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and hardly found any specific details on other sites, but then great to be here, seriously, thanks...

- Andre

Earl on 07/08/10

Hi Barbara,
Much to my chagrin, I haven't read all your books but that doesn't mean I won't. That said, my sister recommended reading "Lady of Hay" back in the 80's because of the past life regression theme. LOVED IT! I loaned the book to so many people the paperback fell apart and several pages mysteriously disappeared. I bought another copy and continued lending it out until it never came back. About 3 years ago, I bought a used hardbound copy online just so I would have it to read again whenever I wanted and did. Loved it again! This absolutely must be a movie! I have a degree in English, graduated with honors (curtsy), and would like to try my hand at writing a screenplay, something I never did in college. One problem, I can't find it electronically. I'm willing to pay for it but the only place that had it gave my computer a nasty virus. Any thoughts on who has the e-"Lady of Hay" to download? Thanks for writing the book. You're an incredible author and an inspiration.

Earl

jan clayton on 12/06/10

Seems like eturnity when waiting for your next book,they feed my mind and soul, thankyou for such brilliant gastranomic words,shaped and baked into a world that takes me willingly amongst its hero,s and heroins......................mystery at its best.

Tina on 12/06/10

As a reader from South Africa, I thought that I would like to contribute to your blog by saying that I have always enjoyed reading your books and always look forward to the next one.

I have recently joined a local Book Club and have found at least one other fan and hope to 'convert' some of the others in due course. Thank you, God bless

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Hello Barbara,
I just wanted to say that I dearly love reading your books, I am right there in the moment. Any cares or woes that I have gently fall away when I begin to read your great novels. Keep them coming regards from Barbara, Melbourne, Australia.

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Great Website. Just wanted to let you know that I am glad your new novel goes back to the supernatural/mystical. I got House of Echoes for christmas one year and have benn hooked on your work ever since!!! I absolutely loved Midnight is a Lonely Place which I read while I was camping in the woods - needless to say the story scared the pants off of me, had a few slefless night in the tent and I still remember the story vividly even though its been years now. I have since read all of your books and am anxiously awaiting the next and the next and the next.... My next favorites are House of Echoes and Whispers in the Sand and Child of the Phoenix which was an absolute masterpiece. Hope you write more books like these four.

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Julie Anne Gates on 20/01/10

Hi Barbara,

I love your books and your blog! I would be interested to obtain your opinion on the geneology of the de Braose family as per British Library, Cotton Julius D, x. Surely if as stated Reginald de Braose was born after Annora de Broase who seems to have a genuine birth date of 1190 then he could not possibly have had a son 'Black William' in 1197! Just wondered if you had an opinion on this? Also was the ghostly lady at Fotheringay Castle in Kingdom of Shadows the future Mary Queen of Scotts (I always thought she was!)

Best wishes,

Julie

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jenny on 24/11/09

Good to read your blog. Hope my "crazed fan" persona in Superdrug, Frinton didn't spoil your trip! Am just getting to the end of On the edge of darkness- again. Some books you just don't want to end!

Avril Moir on 01/11/09

Barbara, I've read every one of your books and have simply loved them all,just finished the Warrior's Princess and now mooching !! I can relate to so much in your writings,I'm sure if I met you we would be friends.Can't wait for your next masterpiece,keep up the good work!

Michaela Walker on 31/10/09

I am liking your nice new website, lets hope you manage to make time to visit regularly yourself but not too much because we all need you to WRITE MORE BOOKS!!
Just to say that i am a massive fan, i first read one of your books which was the "house of echoes" at one of my friends house (i may have been 14 years old ,i am 22 now) i picked it up to flick through and i couldnt put it down, my friend obviously noticed this (probably because i was ignoring her) and said i could borrow it (i never gave it back). I have always been a reader and have been into many different styles from easy read girly books for holidays to horrors, but i have never found a book that i have managed to feel like it was just ME and what i wanted to read, what i was interested in. So i bought another which i think was either "whispers in the sand" or "hiding from the light", but you had managed to do it again and again i haven't read an author that has managed to grip me to a book as much as you, they really are the most cliche "unputdownable" books ever. I think there are a few i still need to read but birthdays and xmas's are when i seem to get them off my boyfriend, lets hope he has kept the list of ones i havent read (i think i may have to make a new one). Thank you again, i will look forward to the next book with anticipation. Michaelax

Michaela Walker on 31/10/09

I am liking your nice new website, lets hope you manage to make time to visit regularly yourself but not too much because we all need you to WRITE MORE BOOKS!!
Just to say that i am a massive fan, i first read one of your books which was the "house of echoes" at one of my friends house (i may have been 14 years old ,i am 22 now) i picked it up to flick through and i couldnt put it down, my friend obviously noticed this (probably because i was ignoring her) and said i could borrow it (i never gave it back). I have always been a reader and have been into many different styles from easy read girly books for holidays to horrors, but i have never found a book that i have managed to feel like it was just ME and what i wanted to read, what i was interested in. So i bought another which i think was either "whispers in the sand" or "hiding from the light", but you had managed to do it again and again i haven't read an author that has managed to grip me to a book as much as you, they really are the most cliche "unputdownable" books ever. I think there are a few i still need to read but birthdays and xmas's are when i seem to get them off my boyfriend, lets hope he has kept the list of ones i havent read (i think i may have to make a new one). Thank you again, i will look forward to the next book with anticipation. Michaelax

Ronalee on 30/10/09

Hi Ms. Erskine,

I've been an avid fan of your novels since the 80's. I just wanted to say thank you as you've brought a lot of joy to my life through your works!

Ronalee

Elise Walbyoff on 29/10/09

Hello Barbara

I think the Blog is a brilliant addition to the website. I shall be keeping up to date with you from now on. Don't worry too much about the short stories we're all waiting for the next novel - no pressure!
My mother and I really do love your books the first I read being Lady of Hay mostly because we're from Wales and I knew the name Walby was a feature in the book.

I have a question regarding Kingdom of shadows, in the book a ghostly lady is featured in Fotheringhay castle but then not mentioned again in the book, who was she lady?

Im looking forward to the next novel and so are the others on your Facebook fan page. Keep on writing!

Kind regards


Elise Walbyoff
Elise_Walbyoff@yahoo.co.uk

Geoff on 29/10/09

Hi Barbara,
I was told that one of your books mentioned Marjorie Dunbar nee Comyn (d 1296???)
I am looking into the history of the Arthur Memorial Church which sits on the site of Cumnock (Comenagh) Castle, Castle Hill, Castle, New Cumnock, Ayrshire and thought you would love to do a story on "Comenagh", the meeting place.
Cumnock Castle was held by Marjorie's husband, Patrick Dunbar, and William Wallace recuperated here for 3 months in the winter of 1296/97. Marjorie disappears from records in 1296 after holding Dunbar Castle for the Scots.
Edward II held court for 12 days in Cumnock Castle in August 1307, camping his recently deceased father's vast army around the Black Loch. Patrick died soon after, in 1298.

Hope you're interested.
The Arthur now sits derelict on the top of Castle Hill looking down on Afton Water and River Nith.

Cheers, Geoff

Victoria Connelly on 28/10/09

Love the new website, Barbara, and adore the sound of your wood. Good luck putting the foreign editions up!

Harlene on 27/10/09

lovely new layout and I love the idea of the blog.

I have recently created my own website also (very time consuming!) and I hope you don't mind but I have put a link to your web site under there. If you would like to take a look, it can be found at: www.harlenescorner.co.uk

regards
Harlene

Carole Blake on 27/10/09

Barbara - love your first blog! It's so good we'll need more ... Really like the new design of the website too. Love, Carole

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