C.F.DUNN ~ AUTHOR OF HISTORY, MYSTERY, AND SUSPENSE

“More than kisses, letters mingle souls”
John Donn


C.F. Dunn

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter so feel free to drop me a line and join the conversation. Happy browsing!

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“An ominous sense of developing tension…a most fluent writer.”
Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse


BOOKS – The award-winning Secret of the Journal series

1

MORTAL FIRE

2

DEATH BE NOT PROUD

3

ROPE OF SAND

4

REALM OF DARKNESS

5

FEARFUL SYMMETRY


WHAT I’M WORKING ON NOW…

…The Wheel of Fortune series - a Medieval trilogy set during the tumultuous Wars of the Roses. Back on my historical home turf, this is where my interest in history started all those years ago at the age of nine. That fascination for the period has trotted alongside me all my life and now lies on the page.

LATEST NEWS

On Weeding and Writing: Creative Gardening Writes Novels -

Can creative gardening write novels? I think it can. It’s that post-Christmas period when the morning sun reveals the dust on the shelves and the first snowdrops and winter aconites wink under the hedges. I ache to get out into the garden and continue the jobs left undone at the close of autumn.

 

With Thegn’s help I’ve been concentrating on clearing ivy in the spring garden. Seedlings of ash and sycamore have over-wintered there as well, and their bare stems defy attempts to dislodge them. Where I win the battle, I push crocus bulbs and snowdrops into the loosened soil, and plant wild primroses and spotted pulmonaria (lungwort) under the shelter of the trees. They look sad at the moment but, given gentle rain and warm sun in equal measure, will soon rally, providing nectar for emerging bees.

Such repetitive work gives me plenty of time to think about writing. Often, gardening is when the best ideas filter into my consciousness, bud, and blossom. Over subsequent weeks as the garden develops, I weed out the blind bulbs of ideas that lead nowhere, the weak seedlings that undermine the plot. I feed and tend the stronger saplings whose branches will bear the most fruit and the best storylines. In my garden, I flesh out my characters and prune those that get ahead of themselves. Even the very act of tending the soil gives ideas for the future. While Emma D’Eresby in The Secret of the Journal series hates gardening (because her father loves it), Isobel Fenton in The Tarnished Crown series lives for it. For her, the garden is a place of refuge in a land of turmoil where she, and she alone, is mistress.

Perhaps that’s also one of the reasons I like to garden. Here, I have the time, the space, and the freedom to create. From a simple patch of bare ground I can make a world of my own, whether in my head or on my knees, in the certain knowledge that hard graft now, will bear fruit later.

 

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