August 1st. My short story, 'The Lock Keeper', placed 3rd in the Exeter Story Prize.

 

July 13th. Whirligig shortlisted in the Rubery International Book Awards

 

Whirligig will be on its US Blog Tour from July 11th to August 6th.

 You can visit the host page by clicking here

 

Richard Buxton


Richard Buxton is a multi-award winning author. On this site he will talk about his writing, his current and future projects.

He'll try not to bang on about his first novel, Whirligig, except of course on the Whirligig page.

He will, on the My Writing page, list in shameless detail his writing credits.

On his blog he will share his experiences and realisations and invite you to pass comment.

Richard's writes both historical fiction and stories set in the here and now, though his inclination is strongly towards the former. His time spent at university in upstate New York has imbued him with a lifelong interest in the story of America, in particular the schism and after effects of the American Civil War. He travels there as often as he can for inspiration and research.  



Richard's first novel, Whirligig, set in Tennessee in the pivotal Civil War year of 1863, will be released in the spring of 2017.  He is also compiling a collection of short stories that explore the long shadow of the Civil War. Many of his stories have won awards or have been published. His story Battle Town won the 2015 Exeter Story Prize. Roller Coaster won the 2015 Bedford International Writing CompetitionThe Bread Man won the Fabula Press Nivalis 2016 Short Story Competition.



Blog Posts

Starting Point

 

As part of my US blog tour, Jenny Quinlan at ‘Let Them Read Books’ asked me if I had any real life inspiration for the main character in Whirligig. He is called Shire. I was happy to answer, involving as it does a connection to my father, but the question has stayed with me these last couple of weeks. I think I underestimated the gift my father left me.

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The Moving Past

 

A very different creative experience this week. Inspired by a couple of book trailers on Amy Bruno’s Historical Fiction site (on which I will be appearing in July) I decided I’d try my hand at a video. My hand pointed out it had never tried anything like this before so I roped in my friend, Steve Harris, who has all the appropriate skills and gadgets. By Friday last, we were sat together on location (in Steve’s study) in front on an unfeasibly large monitor and I got to do some creative back seat driving.

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My Whirligig

 

‘What’s a Whirligig?’ 

It’s the most common question I’m asked when discussing my novel, right up there with ‘What’s it about?’ and ‘How many have you sold?’ I often feel I make hard work of the answer, giving a longwinded and rather literary answer.

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