Jay Margrave on Jane Austen’s brother Francis, Admiral of the Fleet

Love and Loyalty – an inspiration My latest ‘mystorical’ posits the idea that Jane Austen had a secret love affair with a French naval ...Read Article

William Napier on the pivotal battle of Lepanto, featured in his latest novel Blood Red Sea

RL: Tell us about your heroes Nicholas and Hodge. How did you decide on these two very English heroes to fight against the ...Read Article

Everybody Loves a Rogue:  A Chat with Bill Dietrich

Everybody loves a rogue, at least a little.  Readers flocked to the late George Macdonald Fraser’s English anti-hero Harry Flashman, who gallivanted ...Read Article

Diana Gabaldon takes time out from packing for the HNS Conference in Florida to quiz fellow delegate Jenny Barden about her paperback debut, Mistress of the Sea

DG: What drew you to Francis Drake, and why this particular episode? JB: Sir Francis Drake is one of the best loved English ...Read Article

New Voices: Jenny Barden, Patricia Bracewell, Kristin Gleeson & Enid Shomer

Jenny Barden, Patricia Bracewell, Kristin Gleeson, and Enid Shomer provide behind-the-scenes glimpses of the inspiration for their debut novels. It started with a ...Read Article

Nathaniel Drinkwater and the British Maritime Novel

The English tradition of Writers at Sea When my first novel was reviewed in 1980, I discovered the introduction of Midshipman Nathaniel Drinkwater in ...Read Article