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.
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Today I’d like to welcome Helen R. Davis to Ascroft, eh? to discuss Isabella Unashamed. Welcome Helen. Let’s get started, shall we? Tell us about your novel. H.R.D: ISABELLA UNASHAMED is a novel about Isabella I of Castile, one of history’s most infamous queens. She is widely viewed today through…
As I mentioned on Facebook a few days ago, I’ve just had my first experience of hearing one of my short stories, An Unbidden Visitor, come alive – through the skillful narration of audiobook narrator, Elizabeth Klett. As I write, I hear the story in my head: the mood I…
Last weekend I read Love and Other Hazards by Claudia Riess, a story of modern life, love and family relationships. Here’s what the publisher, River Grove Books, says the book: “Glenda Fieldston is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her seven-year-old daughter, Astrid, when Eugene Lerman comes walking by…