Monday, June 14, 2010

Introducing Marina Oliver

This is my first post, so it's rather long and really just an introduction! I tend to agree with Mick Parker about the value of blogging, twittering and so on. Writing, editing, and living take up my time, and doing all the rest would stop me from doing what I really enjoy, writing novels. Keeping my website ( up to date is enough for me, but this blog is different. It's a showcase for all Hale authors.

My 55th novel will be published in August. It's a Regency, but I've also written other historicals, mainly set during the English Civil War and Restoration, twentieth century sagas, contemporary romances and crime. I've also written half a dozen non-fiction books (Writing Guides on novels, romantic and historical fiction, and Local History, including a history of my old school), and sometimes write articles. The New Writer magazine is publishing two at the moment on how historical fiction has changed in the past 50 years. This is to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Romantic Novelists' Association.

I've been Chairman of the RNA and am now a Vice-President. I have lectured in America and on Cunard cruise ships, and I run many writing courses and workshops as well as an Appraisal Agency, StorytrackS. I have also edited magazines, and novels for a couple of small publishers.

This year has been busy. I've been editing as well as writing. My Regency, Scandal at the Dower House, was published in January. The large print edition of Supervising Sally, which is set partly in Brussels on the eve of Waterloo, is out in June, and two of my very early Hale Regencies have appeared as e-books on I'll post more about all these another time.


Margaret Muir said...

Wow! That is quite a track record, Marina. Nice to see you on the Hale Blog.
Marg Muir

margaret blake said...

Marina Many congratulations.

Mick Parker said...

Welcome to the club, Marina. Looks like you've been very busy. Now, how do we get invited to lecture on Cunard again?

Nik said...

Welcome to the blog, Marina.
I was so pleased to meet you at the Harry Bowling prizegiving - what, is it 3 years ago already?
I used to cruise with the grey funnel line - the RN. But I always fancied writing a story set during a cruise - maybe a YA action adventure...