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Amy Luxton
"I love the slog of a novel, and the slog of historical research that goes with it. Novels are marathons – they’re long and painful, but they’re worth it. "

I was born in and raised in West Yorkshire not far from the Dales.

I wrote my first story in school when I was six and simply never stopped, moving onto novels when I was eleven – the short story just didn’t give me enough to sink my teeth into. Despite the fact that history has always been my favourite subject, I started out with fantasy. Real history seemed too scary, too impossible, until entering the Chalke Valley History Festival’s novel competition in 2013 pushed me into the first thousand words. I won! From there, I couldn’t stop – I never give up on a book. I love the slog of a novel, and the slog of historical research that goes with it (though the stacks of notes tend to give my walls a second papering before I’ve even started writing). Novels are marathons – they’re long and painful, but they’re worth it.

I’d always been afraid of poetry until I heard it being performed. Although I’m not a performance poet at heart (the novel will always be my first love) I’m not afraid of open mikes or page poetry. It’s nice to take a moment out between novels to write something short. Poetry is a zoom-in on words themselves, and the history tends to creep in there whether I plan it or not!

I have written some medieval novels, but my favourite era is the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century – the French Revolution, highwaymen, Napoleon. There’s a lot of fast-paced, action-packed history to get into, and it’s a perfect backdrop for quest and adventure.  

I study at Lancaster University and am a member of the northern-based Writing Squad.

I am in my final year studying English, Creative Writing and Practice at Lancaster University.

  • Jack London
  • Michael Crichton
  • Bernard Cornwell  
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Daphne Du Maurier
  • P.G. Wodehouse
  • Philippa Gregory
  • Robert Browning
  • Christina Rossetti 
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