Mary Tod

About me

I write historical fiction focused on WWI and WWII. In addition to writing and research, I enjoy exploring how the changing world of publishing is affecting writers, agents, publishers and others. HNS offers a wonderful change to connect and participate with like-minded individuals.

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My husband and I have the good fortune to be biking in the Loire valley – a place that is famous for its lovely countryside and beautiful chateaus. Which one of these sparks the imagination for a story? Who knows!! The chateau at Chaumont Amboise castle The famous Chenonceau Which…

Somewhere in France – 26th February 1916 (2)

Source: Continuing Henry Tod’s lengthy letter … if you recall his battalion is in the vicinity of Loos. This photo shows Loos after the 1915 battle. In the big attack [he’s referring to 1915] we captured Loos and Hill 70 which lies just beyond, but were unable to hold…

7 Elements of Historical Fiction

Apparently, more than 10,000 people have read this post since I wrote it in March 2015. Who would have imagined? As it seems to be so popular, I thought I’d repeat it today. Enjoy! All writers of fiction have to consider seven critical elements: character, dialogue, setting, theme, plot, conflict,…

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