Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

Screenwriter and bestselling author of 'The Honourable Thief', 'The Emerald Tablet', and 'The Water Diviner'.

People often ask me why I’m a little obsessed with Turkey. Yes, I’m back there again in my new novel, The Emerald Tablet. Can’t stay away. This place – and the people who live there – has a great deal to do with it. Bodrum. Thanks to our beautiful friends, Bahadir Berkaya and Chris Drum, …

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Still meandering down memory lane. Couldn’t resist this one. The man referred to in yesterday’s post? Yeah, that’s him right there. What hope did I have? I’m only human, after all. At the end of our excavation season (yes, he was the dig romance that never ended), we clambered aboard one of the tiny wooden …

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First sign that you should maybe pack it in for the day? When, rather than working on the plot for your next novel, you start arranging your Han Solo figurine in improbable locations. Witness for the prosecution – the tape dispenser. And, yes. That’s the tape dispenser that did the Kessel Run in less than …

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Multiple problems, to be honest. So, you’re writing along, minding your own business, when out of nowhere, the opportunity to describe … er, how to put this?… an intimate scene pops up (no pun intended). Being a ‘no holds barred’ kinda person, I dive in, literarily speaking (no typo – literarily is the word I …

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So now it seems that the antiquities stolen from Syria during ISIS’ short-lived caliphate are turning up for sale on Facebook. ‘But that can’t be right!’ I hear you cry (even if you didn’t). ‘What about the televised – and heartbreaking -destruction of Palmyra and the museum collections I saw on the YouTubes?’ Thing is, …

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‘He began the ascent before sunrise. Shards of cold desert air sliced through the rivulets of sweat streaming down his face and back. The shivering set him dancing like a marionette, teeth chattering and parched skin drawn tight across his bones…’ Want to see what happens next? Well, the good folk @macmillanaus have kindly set …

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OK. Here it is…. The Suez Canal, 1956. The world teeters on the brink of nuclear war and the Middle East is a tinderbox. Conversely, redeemed archaeologist Benedict Hitchens is enjoying a peaceful existence after years in the professional and personal wilderness. His recent discoveries in western Turkey secured him a place in history and …

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Another writer’s conundrum rears its ugly head. So, I’m playing around with my cerebral literary babies, trying to decide which one takes my fancy (see: previous post on the difficulty of choosing a favourite – not advisable with your own human offspring, but quite OK with your story-babies.) Here’s the thing. The one that keeps …

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