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Helen Steadman

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Helen Steadman is a historical novelist. Her first novel, Widdershins and its sequel, Sunwise were inspired by the Newcastle witch trials. Her third novel, The Running Wolf, is a tale of swords, smuggling and sedition, based on the real-life master swordmakers who defected from Germany to England in 1687.

Despite the Newcastle witch trials being the largest mass execution of witches on a single day in England, they are not widely known about. Helen is particularly interested in revealing hidden histories and she is a thorough researcher who goes to great lengths in pursuit of historical accuracy. To get under the skin of the cunning women in Widdershins and Sunwise, Helen trained in herbalism and learned how to identify, grow and harvest pl
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Helen Steadman Hi Beadyjan!

Sorry, I've just seen this question. That's very kind of you to say so.

The sequel to Widdershins is due out in April 19. It's called Sun…more
Hi Beadyjan!

Sorry, I've just seen this question. That's very kind of you to say so.

The sequel to Widdershins is due out in April 19. It's called Sunwise and it picks up immediately where Widdershins leaves off.

Then I'm leaving witches and witchfinders alone for a while and writing about a group of master swordmakers who left Solingen and came to live in England in the late 17th century.

So that should keep you busy for a little while.

Very best wishes, Helen(less)
Helen Steadman Nowadays, I don't really suffer from writer's block. But I suffered an epic block after reading the Illywhacker by Peter Carey. (This book tells the l…moreNowadays, I don't really suffer from writer's block. But I suffered an epic block after reading the Illywhacker by Peter Carey. (This book tells the life story of a conman, Herbert Badgery.) It was such a brilliant book that I found it impossible to write for two decades after comparing my own efforts with this masterpiece. What I didn’t know then was that between 1964 and 1969, Peter Carey wrote five novels, none of which were published. His first novel, Bliss, was finally published in 1981. In a Guardian webchat, he said he’d have given up had he known how long it would take. Now, he has umpteen books under his belt, and of these, two won the Booker prize, two were shortlisted and two were longlisted. So, the lesson is: persevere.

Mostly, I struggle to find the time to write, or I get distracted by the internet (it's very easy for research to become faffing about online). If I do find myself making excuses, then I start doing morning pages. This basically means writing the second you wake up while you're still in a dream state. It's a great way to beat your internal critic, which means that your day's writing is done before you even get out of bed. It's an excellent cure for procrastinators. I hate doing it as I'm not a morning person and begrudge waking up one second earlier than absolutely necessary, but I make myself do it because it works. I'm planning to write the entire first draft of the Widdershins sequel this way. It's a method first recommended by Dorothea Brande in her book, Becoming a Writer, which is definitely worth reading. (Hilary Mantel says it's the only book on writing that you need to read, and she knows what she's talking about!)(less)
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Widdershins

3.82 avg rating — 293 ratings — published 2017 — 3 editions
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Sunwise

4.39 avg rating — 41 ratings4 editions
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The Running Wolf

3.81 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2020 — 2 editions
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This post provide a sample of the audio version of Widdershins, a novel based on the Newcastle witch trials. It is narrated by Christine Mackie, of Downton Abbey and Coronation Street.
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The Running Wolf by Helen Steadman
"Drama and danger are abound in this history mystery. Centered around Hermann Mohll, a master sword maker from Prussia, the plot is filled with mystery and intrigue. After Mohll is forced to move to the North of England due to hardship, he finds himse" Read more of this review »
The Running Wolf by Helen Steadman
"Where do you start with a book of this quality?
I was hooked from the off with the characters that were engaging, interesting, complex and fully formed than many real people can be!
Her settings are painted with no glossy veneer that says the time fr" Read more of this review »
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"The book’s clever structure alternates between Morpeth Gaol in 1703-4, with events narrated by its wily and dishonest keeper Robert Tipstaff, and the story of the Solingen swordmakers, focused on Herman Mohll and his family. Starting with their arriv" Read more of this review »
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