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Donna Fletcher Crow

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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more.

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Fay Sampson (UK) is a writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, including A MALIGNANT HOUSE, #2 in the Susie Fewings series, a British Crime Club Pick.

A Snowy New Year

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 5, 2017

 January 2017

Hooray—I managed to type 2017 the first time, so now I can wish all my readers and friends a very Happy New Year!

As to my garden report, one word sums it up—snow! More than I have seen in Boise in my very long memory. It certainly gives new meaning to the term White Garden.

As to my writing report, I can announce with a great sense of accomplishment that I have managed to publish two boxed sets of my backlist series:

The Daughters of Courage  is my family saga of pioneers in the Idaho...


Christmas Reading and Realities

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 10, 2016

Do you have a cherished Christmas fantasy? Mine, which I’ve nurtured for years, but am yet to realize, is that I’ll have all my work and preparations done by the first week in December and then be able to spend the rest of the month sitting by a beautifully lit tree, sipping tea and reading Christmas stories. Well, as the song says, “You gotta have a dream if you’re going to have a dream come true.” So I’m still dreaming.

At least through the years I’ve had the joy of writing lots of scenes of Christmas into my novels, so if you envision a time for reading as part...


Fresh Faces for Old Friends

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 1, 2016

 My major project this year has been to get all of my out of print books republished and available at least as ebooks with print editions soon to follow.  As with most such goals, this has taken far, far longer than I ever imagined and I certainly won’t have everything up by the end of 2016—but then, what’s 2017 for?

At least I’ve made significant progress. Just this week two books came out in new editions:

A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary, book 4 in my clerical mystery series The Monastery Murders...


Prayer and the Imagination

By Fay Sampson ~ November 18, 2016

Publishing can be a long road, even for a writer as experienced as Fay Sampson. Today she shares about her new adventure. 

Back in February, I told how I had suddenly been seized by the inspiration to write a book in an area new to me. I didn’t want to say too much about it until the book had found a home. I am pleased to say that this is now the case.

A feature of our ageing society is that we are finding more and more people with...


Stories from the Landscape, Fay Sampson in Ireland

By Fay Sampson ~ October 5, 2016

 I love walking through an evocative landscape and finding the stories that belong to it. 

Our holiday this year was in the village of Kinvara on Galway Bay in the west of Ireland. Our son and his partner have a traditional stone and thatch cottage there. Mark understands the things I love and took us on a walk to a Celtic hermitage.


The story begins at the castle of Dunguaire in Kinvara. It is said that King Guaire was feasting there on Easter day when the food was lifted from the table and wafted across the countryside. The king and his court followed. They were led to the...


Keeping it Fresh, Renewing your Backlist

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 9, 2016

In today’s electronic market yesterday is sooo gone. Everything has to be new and fresh and of the minute. That can be exhausting. And discouraging for writers who have a backlist of really good books that just aren’t getting any attention.  My advice is, don’t fight the trend—go with it. For all the frustrations of electronic publishing, it does offer the opportunity of instant renewal.

If you are self-published, you can, of course, do this any time you feel something on your list needs a refresher. For those traditionally published, you’ll have...


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