Hannah Byron | Historical Facts & Fiction

“Ever since I could hold a pen, I’ve written stories and poems, and I’ll write till my dying day.”

Why I have 6000+ LinkedIn connections

Why I have 6000+ LinkedIn connections

The world this week is – among others – breaking its head over the power of private companies such as Twitter and Facebook when it comes to being a platform for undesirable and potentially dangerous opinions that lead to violence. That discussion is not new, of...

Why I chose for Historical Fiction

Why I chose for Historical Fiction

Changing from contemporary fiction to historical fiction didn’t happen to me overnight and wasn’t a simple flip of the switch. It was the result of a long & conscious deliberation with myself. And I must admit I still, occasionally, have my doubts about HF. All...

My very first fan Elisa Hordon interviews me

My very first fan Elisa Hordon interviews me

As authors we wouldn’t exist without readers. It’s as simple as that. So when I embarked on my historical fiction rebrand, I vowed to myself that I’d personally get to know my die-hard fans from the beginning and keep them in my orbit. Fans like Elisa Hordon are the...

What is NaNoWriMo and why does it work for me?

What is NaNoWriMo and why does it work for me?

What is NaNoWriMo and why does it work for me? Since 2011 I’ve been a member of NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. In the course of these 9 years I’ve participated 6 times and won it 4 times. Winning means writing 50,000 words in the 30 days of...

The Diamond Courier is coming on 10 December!

The Diamond Courier is coming on 10 December!

I’m so excited now we’re heading fast towards 10 December when my second book in The Resistance Girl Series comes out. Time for The Diamond Courier. It’s on preorder now! The Diamond Courier was the book I initially started to write as my come-back book after the 2020...

Finishing schools

Finishing schools

A Finishing School... what is that? In the four books of The Resistance Girl Series – In Picardy’s Fields, The Diamond Courier, The Parisian Spy and The Norwegian Assassin - the main female characters all go to Le Manoir, a finishing school on Lake Geneva in...

The Thiepval Memorial

The Thiepval Memorial

On a sunny August day in 2019, I set out from my house in the south of Holland to Picardy in northern France to commemorate my great-uncle Jack Westcott, whose name is engraved on the Thiepval Memorial as one of the ‘Missing of the Somme’. I planned a weekend trip to...

Uncle Jack’s Fight in France 1915-1916

Uncle Jack’s Fight in France 1915-1916

Uncle Jack’s Fight in France 1915-1916​ My great-uncle Jack was born in 1891 in Stone, Kent, GB to the Irish Mary Ann Meehan and the English George Richard Westcott. He was their 6th child and three years later my grandmother Gertrude Helen was born as the youngest of...

My Great-uncles William and Jack Westcott

My Great-uncles William and Jack Westcott

My Great-uncles William and Jack Westcott I’d like to take you on a tour of my personal connection with World War I. We will be visiting some archives and the Picardy region in northern France, where the various ‘Battles of the Somme’ took place between 1914-1918....

Welcome

Welcome

Hello, World! ​Welcome to my new blog & thank you for reading! I really hope you’ll enjoy finding out more about the background to my novels. I love writing blogs but the most important reason for starting Historical Facts & Fiction is that there’s tons of...