Should heroes be role-models?

What do you expect? Some people expect a lot from fictional heroes.  Of course, some people expect a lot from their real-life heroes too. They are usually disappointed.  Real people, even the ones who are rightly admired, all have their faults.  I am often amazed when...

Is there a rape scene in Highwaypersons?

Why ask? I have been asked this question (whether in hope or anxiety I am not sure) because of the current controversy over a scene in Poldark.  Some call it a rape scene, whilst others argue that the woman’s apparent eventual consent negates that description.  You...

Is there a market for books like Highwaypersons?

Some say there is a market for modern detective fiction – ‘whodunits’ – and a separate market for historical fiction.  The second category includes adventure stories – ‘swashbucklers’ – and romantic fiction.  Of course, many books combine the two.  Is that what...

Heroines and Female Highwaypersons

Just as I am about to officially launch Highwaypersons, I have been reminded in a tweet that many writers, especially of historical fiction, make their heroines and other female characters little more than toys for the heroes.  I entirely agree and have no desire to...