When I was a kid, many of our family holidays involved exploring castles and battlefields (much to my sister's chagrin), so my interest in British history has been strong since a very early age. Then, in the early nineties, I saw the TV film 'Sharpe's Rifles', which I thought was fantastic. I went straight out and bought one of the books (Sharpe's Regiment) to see if they were as good as the films. To my amazement, they were better, and I went on to read the rest of the series and anything else from the peerless Bernard Cornwell. Reading those books through my teenage years really inspired me to want to tell a similar tale. After many years of thinking about it, I finally had the time and inclination to sit down and write a novel. That novel was Traitor's Blood.