Helen Steadman

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I live in the foothills of the North Pennines and particularly enjoy researching and writing about the history of the north east of England.

Following my MA in creative writing at Manchester Met, I am now completing a PhD in English at the University of Aberdeen.

My first historical novel was published by Impress Books in July 2017. The sequel, Sunwise, will be published in April 2019.

I'm currently working on a novel about a group of seventeenth-century swordmakers.

And then, I'll finish working on my novel about Grace Darling...


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The sequel to Widdershins is due out in April 19. It's called…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.

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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…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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Hello everyone,

To celebrate the forthcoming one-year anniversary of my debut historical novel, Widdershins, the lovely people at Love Books Group are running an exclusive giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Widdershins and a fabulous witchy charm bracelet.



The bracelet was bought from Tribes and Vibes, and you can get an idea of what to expect here: https://www.tribesandvi...

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"Inspired by the Newcastle witch trials of 1650 this is a fab short read. I found myself coming to care for Jane and rooting for her through all the terribleness. Horrid to think something like this has happened in real life."
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