Whose Voice? by Graham Brack May 9, 2018

Sapere Books are publishing books of mine from two different series involving two different detectives. One, involving Lieutenant Josef Slonský is set in 21st century Prague; the other, featuring the university lecturer Master Mercurius, takes place in 17th century Netherlands. There are obvious differences in setting that inform the writing. Slonský is a career policeman...

Real Life vs. Fiction by Patricia Caliskan April 11, 2018

Full-time employee by day, aspiring novelist by night? Then you’ve come to the right article, my friend! That’s how every author who ever nabbed themselves a publishing deal started out. So, let’s do what all dreamers do, and make a list: 1. Be Prepared. Dib-dib-dib, as the Boy Scouts say...

Excerpt from Dead Ernest March 9, 2018

Prologue   BENTLEY Ernest. Husband of Annie and father of William (Billy) passed away suddenly on January 2nd 2004 aged 83. Funeral January 10th at 12. 30 p...

How I Wrote a Novel by Cathy Bussey March 9, 2018

  This year I achieved a lifelong ambition. I wrote a novel.   I've wanted to write a novel since I was about six years old. I have multiple unfinished drafts saved on this computer, on previous computers, on computers lost to time, on computers that probably predate time (BBC Micro, anybody?)...

How Am I Going to Kill You? by Elizabeth Bailey March 9, 2018

This is the first question for the crime writer, I’ve discovered. A tad macabre, but that’s the genre. Hello there, victim, how would you like to die? I can strangle, bludgeon, knife or poison you, just for starters. But if that ain’t good enough, let’s be inventive...

The History Spin Doctors by David Field March 8, 2018

It’s a truism that history is a set of facts left to posterity by the winners, and for historical novelists like me there’s always another ‘take’ on every so-called ‘fact’ we’re taught at school.   A prime example of that is the enduring legend of ‘The Princes in the Tower’. The first to get their stories organised were the Tudors who benefitted considerably from the unexplained disappearance from the Tower of London of the Yorkist royal heirs Edward, Prince of Wales, and Richard, Duke of York.   When Henry Tudor defeated Richard of Gloucester in an obscure field in Leicestershire we now know as ‘Bosworth’ (even though that town didn’t exist then), there was no one left on the Yorkist side to challenge his claim to the throne, given that the princes were no more...

The Woman Who Created Mina Scarletti by Linda Stratmann March 8, 2018

The heroine of the Mina Scarletti books is not based on a specific individual; however when I created my diminutive protagonist two people were in my thoughts, one of whom I knew personally. Eva was the aunt of a friend of mine. She had a very severe distortion of the spine, but the thing that I remember most about her was her sweet smile. I never got to know her well and she died when I was a child...

Write About What You Know by Keith Moray February 8, 2018

I began my writing career many moons ago when I was studying medicine at the University of Dundee in Scotland. At that time the city was famous for the ‘three J’s’ of Jute, Jam and Journalism. Journalism referred to the publishing firm of D C Thomson, which produced the famous Beano comic and countless other publications. I submitted a few children’s stories to the People’s Friend, a well known family magazine that is still going strong today...

Welcome to Sapere Books! January 12, 2018

Sapere Books is a digital and print-on-demand publisher of exciting new submissions and brilliant backlist books. We are excited to be launching our first titles on March 1st! Our launch books include An Unquiet Ghost by Linda Stratmann  – the latest novel in her intriguing Mina Scarletti mystery series; The Gaslight Stalker by David Field  – a brand new voice in historical crime; Dead Ernest by Frances Garrood – a touching story of love and loss; and The Gathering Murders by Keith Moray  – the start of his thrilling Scottish detective series. Check out our AUTHORS page to see all of the brilliant writers who will be publishing their stories with us in 2018. We have lots of exciting announcements coming soon, including a brand-new series from award-winning Irish author, Cora Harrison, and Regency crime from best-seller Elizabeth Bailey...