History, poetry, music and horses fairly sums it up.
Educated at Boston University and the University of St. Andrews, M.M. Bennetts is a specialist in early 19th century British history and the Napoleonic wars as well as a keen cross country and dressage rider. Before turning to writing novels full-time, Bennetts was a French translator and a longstanding book critic for the Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor.
Both Bennetts’ historical novels, May 1812 (a Harper-Collins Authonomy Gold Medalist) and Of Honest Fame are based on over twenty years’ research and a bibliography of over an hundred and fifty works. Though that’s just the reading.
Playing and practicing the music of the age–Beethoven, Field, Schubert–is one of the perks, as has been learning to clean and shoot a flintlock used at Waterloo, (they are so beautiful the guns of 200 years ago!) visiting the battlefields, studying the furniture and homes, eating the food the English soldiers were served in Spain 200 years ago, listening to the family stories of the descendants of Spanish guerrillas who fought alongside Wellington and his men in Spain…they each made me promise I would tell their story. I gave them my word.
So a third novel, Or Fear of Peace,set amidst the turmoil of the final drive against Napoleon in Europe, is now underway and scheduled for publication next year.
In the meantime–to keep out of trouble (ha ha)–Bennetts has contributed to and edited Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors a compilation of the best of the English Historical Fiction Authors’ historical essays from the first year of their existence.
The author is lives in England.
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