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Karen Maitland has recently moved to the wonderful county of Devon and has a doctorate in psycholinguists. She is fascinated by the myth and magic of the Middle Ages, which she draws on for her novels. She experienced the medieval lifestyle for real, when she worked for eighteen months in a rural village in Nigeria, living without electricity, plumbing or sanitation.

Her first medieval thriller was 'Company of Liars', was set at the time of the Black Death in 1348. This was followed by 'The Owl Killers', about the beguinages, the medieval cities of women. 'The Gallows Curse' is set in the reign of bad King John and 'Falcons of Fire and Ice', which is a dark thriller, set in Portugal during the Inquisition and Iceland at the time of the Refo
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Karen Maitland I've always been inspired by something Rudyard Kipling wrote – "If history was told in stories it would never be forgotten."

I write about characters …more
I've always been inspired by something Rudyard Kipling wrote – "If history was told in stories it would never be forgotten."

I write about characters who represent the forgotten people of history, those on the margins of society, the outcasts, misfits and maimed who ordinary lives were really extraordinary. They live and died without a voice, without anyone listening to their amazing tales. But I am fascinated by these people, their lives and beliefs You can glimpse the shadows of these hidden people lurking behind the great events of history and they are what makes me want to write.

I like to think that in a strange way by creating fictional characters and giving them a chance to tell their fantastic and sometimes chilling stories, that readers might discover the hundreds of real people they represent and in that way those nameless, forgotten people from our past will be heard and remembered. (less)
Karen Maitland Don't write about what you know. Write what you really want to know.
If you're fascinated by a character or place or time, and are excited to find out…more
Don't write about what you know. Write what you really want to know.
If you're fascinated by a character or place or time, and are excited to find out about it, then you'll pass on that excitement and fascination to the reader. It's like being newly in love or making a new discovery. It will make you bubble over with enthusiasm and you will want to share it with everyone. That sense of excitement will also keep you going through the sticky patches when you are writing and there will always be some. (less)
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A Gathering of Ghosts

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I’m delighted to share the news that paperback edition of my most recent medieval thriller, A Gathering of Ghosts, is published in the UK on 7th March 2019. It is set on Dartmoor, in 1316, but many of the places mention in the novel, have changed little since medieval times.

One of these, where I have set a key scene in the novel, is the mysterious Wistman’s Wood , It’s an ancient grove of t Read more of this blog post »
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“You've heard tales of beauty and the beast. How a fair maid falls in love with a monster and sees the beauty of his soul beneath the hideous visage. But you've never heard the tale of the handsome man falling for the monstrous woman and finding joy in her love, because it doesn't happen, not even in a story-teller's tale.”
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“Rain slips through your fingers as easily as words blow away in the wind, and yet it has the power to destroy your whole world.”
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“Home is the place you return to when you have finally lost your soul. Home is the place where life is born, not the place of your birth, but the place where you seek rebirth. When you no longer have to remember which tale of your own past is true and which is an invention, when you know that you are an invention, then is the time to seek out your home. Perhaps only when you have come to understand that can you finally reach home.”
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Sandra Karen wrote: "Dear Sandra,
So glad you've discovered it and that you want to read it. Thank you! I do hope you'll enjoy it,
warmest wishes,
Karen"


Moreover, I just picked up and finished your short story to A Company of Liars! It was absolutely wonderful and probably made my week! I loved Company of Liars so much and the short story brought me right back into that wonderful setting and atmosphere you created in CoL! Thank you, thank you! Absolutely amazing! (Sorry to seem so overly gushing, but it's sincere! Company of Liars is probably my favorite book next to classics like The Lord of the Rings and new classics like Harry Potter! Sometimes I wish I could just read it again without already knowing it!)
Best,
Sandra


message 7: by Karen

Karen Maitland Dear Sandra,
So glad you've discovered it and that you want to read it. Thank you! I do hope you'll enjoy it,
warmest wishes,
Karen


Sandra Dear Karen,

why do I only always find out you have a new book out around 6 months after it's published! Aaaah!
Such a wonderful surprise though! I will pick it up as soon as I can, I'm really thrilled! :)


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Raven Dane Hi Karen, I had no idea you lived in lovely Lincoln, I was up there for the Steampunk festival , launching a new book and for all I know we may have passed in the street! Mind you, I was dressed up to the nines with bustle and a fascinator with a dragon on it and you would have steered well clear! Just starting The Falcons of Fire and Ice and already completely hooked as always
Raven Dane xxx


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Karen Maitland Liza wrote: "Hi Karen,
Just to let you know I finished The Gallows Curse last night and LOVED it as much as the others. I'll post a review here and on Amazon, after it appears in Words with Jam magazine.
Cheers..."


Thanks Liza. It was so kind of you to read and I am so thrilled that you enjoyed it. It was a strange book to write as so many things popped up in that I didn't plan. I was walking down that underground passage in my head and saw things in the cages I really wasn't expecting as I wrote. I don't know if that happens to you when you write.


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Liza Perrat Hi Karen,
Just to let you know I finished The Gallows Curse last night and LOVED it as much as the others. I'll post a review here and on Amazon, after it appears in Words with Jam magazine.
Cheers,
Liza


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Karen Maitland Michael wrote: "Hello again Karen, An excellent book I have just finished is 'All That I Am' by Anna Funder. It's a brilliant and challenging book to read. A book that needed to be written and needs to be read. It..."

Thanks Michael. It sounds really interesting. I suppose I've been much preoccupied these last couple of years with research on the Inquisition and Reformation for 'Falcons of Fire & Ice'. Similiar situations in many ways to Nazi Germany. The evil man is capable of and the extraordinary courage people can demonstrate in the face of evil, never ceases to fill me with awe. I am always left asking the question about what I'd have done if I'd lived through that. Sounds like a book I must read, thank you.


Michael John Hello again Karen, An excellent book I have just finished is 'All That I Am' by Anna Funder. It's a brilliant and challenging book to read. A book that needed to be written and needs to be read. It's all about a group of people living in Germany at the time that Hitler came to power. How they struggled to tell the world of his evil and yet struggled to be believed.
Michael


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