Why Writing a Novel Is Like the AK-47 Rifle

This is so true!

A Writer's Path


Several years ago, I wrote a non-fiction bookabout the AK-47 rifle. It was not a gun book, per se, but a history about how this ubiquitous weapon changed the world, certainly the world of war. For those of you who never watch television, read the web or see a magazine, the AK-47 is ‘the gun’ that you see everywhere. It’s what we think an automatic weapon should look like with its distinctive banana-shaped magazine (the part that holds bullets).

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Richard’s Playlist (7) Try by P!nk

This song illustrates the scene where Rose, the osteopath, tries to help Richard with his back pain – she gets a shock when he undresses.  She sees he has a scoliosis just like Richard III.

Picture of scoliosis sufferer

Generic picture of scoliosis sufferer

Find out what happens, here: Richard Liveth Yet

You can hear the song here: Try

Richard’s Playlist (6) – Rude by Magic!

I have to admit I engineered this into the book as I like it so much – it forms the title of the scene where Richard and Rose encounter a rude waiter.  To listen to it and see the group performing it click here: Rude and if you would like to see more of the story, you can purchase the book here: Richard Liveth Yet

Richard’s Re-enactment

Today is the 530th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth and I shall be there, In the book ‘Richard Liveth Yet’. Richard is fighting the battle again in his own time and Rose is about to find out whether there have been any changes passed through time to reflect Richard’s actions.

This year is a special one because the anniversary falls exactly on the weekend (Saturday), plus it’s the 530th, so a round number, PLUS with his re-interment having happened in March there will be a lot more interest than usual.  It should be exciting!

Picture of the Battle of Bosworth

James William Edmund Doyle [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Richard’s Playlist (5) – Soap (I Use The) by Bread

Richard is confused about how a modern bathroom works so I thought the song Soap (I Use The) by David Gates, who was the lead singer of the group Bread, would be perfect as the title.  David Gates, who had a wonderfully sweet voice also wrote most of the songs, including this one, but I do think his grammar left a bit to be desired though! (Baby I’m-A Want You? What’s that all about?)David Gates (public domain - wikimedia)

Richard’s Playlist (4) – Drive By by Train

Drive By is the song title I chose for this scene where Richard wants to get back to Beskwood Lodge, now Bestwood Lodge Hotel, and Rose says she will take him there, but things don’t go according to plan…see what happens in Richard Liveth Yet

Bestwood Lodge Hotel

Reviews are important, so thank you!

I have now had more than twenty reviews on Amazon for Richard Liveth Yet, and luckily most are 4 or 5 stars.  I’d like to share the latest five on here and thank everyone who has reviewed the book. Even the more negative ones are useful (though of course I prefer the good ones!) because they make you reassess your work and help you improve, but you can’t please everyone all the time and not every reader will like your book. Picture of a depiction of Richard III

L. M. Wilson “korcula blue” reviewed Richard Liveth Yet: A Historical Novel Set in the Present Day
A Delightful Surprise at this Well Written Book. Loved it! 6 August 2015
As another reviewer mentioned also, when I began to read this book I felt I was not going to get into it and that it was going to be a kind of chick-lit type of story with a twist. I persevered and soon became engrossed. I found the book, easy to read, a mixture of light-heartedness and sadness too. well researched and I liked the relationship between Rose and Richard, Some reviewers have commented that Richard would not have taken to modern times so easily! Perhaps not, perhaps credibility was stretched a little, but to be honest it wasn’t a problem for me personally as I simply enjoyed the story. An interesting and original addition was to have Rose able to help Richard with his twisted spine because of her job. I liked the fact that the author did not allow her book to become nothing more than a romance. I read of their mutual sense of what they felt was the right way to behave in the circumstances led me to respect the author.The inclusion of all the recent findings, the reburial of Richard, and how he gradually found the truth of what happened to him at Bosworth et al…. again added to the originality and the interest for me.


What if 6 August 2015
Funny and interesting, a nice twist on ‘ what if’

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Something totally different and original 4 August 2015
I am loving this book. It is so beautifully written by an author who knows her subject so well and brings Richard startlingly to life and fleshes him out as a real, three dimensional character, which you don’t always get from some of the historical novels. And for once, it’s so wonderful that he does not have to return to his time to meet the inevitable ending to his story.. there are many of us who would wish Joannes amazing plot could have been the satisfying ‘twist’ to history! My congratulations to such a competent, erudite and imaginative authoress, can’t wait for the sequel! Loved it.


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Light afternoon reading 26 July 2015
Light-hearted historical “romance”, entertaining and obviously well-researched.


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Unusual Tale 23 July 2015
The story of King Richard is pretty well known by now, what with the discovery of his bones at Leicester and the subsequent publicity. This book has the king in the present day, which is a different take on his life. Of course, once he knows what history says happened to him, his return to his own time might make him act differently?

Richard’s Playlist 3 – Baby What a Big Surprise by Peter Cetera

The third song on Richard’s playlist is ‘Baby What A Big Surprise’



Peter Cetera


by Peter Cetera (above).  It is the title for the scene where Richard appears in 2014 at the location of the Major Oak. Click on the title if you would like to hear it.

Rose’s Art (2)

Rose also used her artistic talent to paint a mural on the chimney breast of her Norwegian friend, Torstein’s, cabin while she and Richard were visiting him in the book (Richard Liveth Yet).  In reality I painted the mural which is shown here.

Norwegian mural     Norwegaian mural

Rose’s Art

This is the rough painting of Richard weeping for Anne, while her spirit is comforting him, that Rose showed Richard in the book (Richard Liveth Yet) and which moved him greatly.  He ended up taking it with him back to 1485, confusing the historians no end!

Picture of Richard weeping for AnneAs you can see it was actually my own first effort – I still intend to do a much better version!