You’ve landed on the website and blog of MJ Houghton, writer of The Knight of Kenilworth. I hope you like the swords, helmets and poniards around the edges of my website. If you do, I’m sure you’ll love these stories. But Drake is much more than just an Elizabethan boy with a dagger in his belt. He’s clever and determined to use everything he knows when he’s thrown into the conflict to save England.


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Improving As a Writer

Ok, it’s been some time since I’ve written a blog. What have I been doing you ask? For one thing, I’m ecstatic that I finished the second novel in the Knight of Kenilworth series and sent it off to my agent about a month ago. Woohoo! It’s a time in any writer’s life to celebrate (and I took a short break and started a new job…but that’s another story).

Next, I turned my attention back to the first book in the series. Why? A while ago I was asked to speak at an event for Leicester Writers’ Club. As part of that event, I was asked to read out a sample from the Knight of Kenilworth. Of course I wanted to read something from the first book.

Whoa! I had to edit it prior to reading it. Why? Because in the span of time between finishing the first novel and now, I have grown as a writer. I’ve continued to hone my craft and that has paid off. And I can see it! Talk about another thing┬áto celebrate!

I’ve seen this progression as a writer happen to others. In fact, often you can see it if you follow a series from a particular author. Read some of their early work and then something from later. ┬áHard work, perseverance and constant writing pay off!


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