Hi – and welcome to my website. I’m M.K. Tod – Mary actually – author of historical fiction, blogger at A Writer of History, grandmother to two delightful boys, book reviewer, and occasional golfer.
My latest novel – Paris In Ruins – will release March 30th 2021!
Paris 1870. Raised for a life of parties and servants, Camille and Mariele have much in common, but it takes the horrors of war to bring them together to fight for the people and city they love. War has a way of teaching lessons – if they can only survive to learn.
According to Kirkus Reviews: “Tod is not only a good historian, but also an accomplished writer, capturing here the febrile atmosphere of a Paris about to be under siege, the vise tightening, the sense of security eroding.” MidWest Reviews calls it “a compelling saga” that “personalizes the experience of living during tumultuous times.”
I have three earlier novels. Time and Regret, published by Lake Union Publishing, is a “decades-spanning journey of wartime loss, family secrets, and ultimately redemption.” Available in paperback, ebook and Audiobook formats from Amazon (US, Canada, UK and other countries) and from Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.
My first novel, Unravelled, is set during WWI and WWII. It earned a Historical Novel Society Indie Editor’s Choice award. A second and connected novel, Lies Told in Silence, was endorsed by noted historical fiction author Sharon Kay Penman as ‘dramatically depicts the horror and heartbreak of war, while also celebrating the resilience of the human spirit’.
I’ve been a fan of historical fiction since my teenage years immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy and Dorothy Dunnett. In 2004, my husband’s career took us to Hong Kong where, with no job and few prospects, I began to research and write about my grandparents’ lives during two world wars. A few years later, that interest turned into a full-time occupation writing historical fiction.
In a previous life, I had a successful business career working at an executive level in management consulting, sales, and marketing. I’m married with two adult children and live in Toronto, Canada.