Dianne Ascroft

About me

Dianne Ascroft is a Canadian who particularly enjoys historical fiction set in Ireland and Scotland. She lives in rural Northern Ireland with her husband and several strong willed pets.

Her first novel, Hitler and Mars Bars, explores Operation Shamrock, a little known incident in Irish history. She co-edits The Fermanagh Miscellany and also contributed to the local history, The Brookeborough Story, and the fiction collections Foreign Flavours and Tuesdays at Charlie’s. Her articles and short stories have been printed in Canadian and Irish magazines and newspapers.

Dianne is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Fermanagh Authors’ Association and the Fermanagh Writers. She is the contact person for the HNS Irish branch.

From my website

Knowing Where I’m Going

Since I’m in the middle of revising the first draft of a novel and have just finished writing the first draft of a long short story, I’ve been thinking a lot about planning stories. This week I talked about my favourite way to plot on Writers Abroad’s blog. If you’re…

The Cunning Man Reviewed

I recently read The Cunning Man, a unique short story collection by John Yeoman. To give you a quick feel for it, here’s the publisher’s description: “Looking for clever, fast-paced historical mysteries? Here you’ll discover seven ‘impossible’ crimes, locked room puzzles, passion and riddles galore. Enjoy these lusty crime stories…

Immigrant Soldier: A New Look At WWII

Last week I finished reading Immigrant Soldier, the Story of a Ritchie Boy, by Kathryn Lang-Slattery. I received a free copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review as part of the author’s Historical Fiction Virtual Tour. The publisher, Pacific Bookworks, states that the novel is “based on the…

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