About me

I’m no historian, but I do like the subject (I even managed to get an Honours degree in it after much sweat and tears). I also like to write historical fiction. The idea is to collate interesting snippets from the past, things which spark an interest and maybe even a story or two. I’ve worked as a journalist in national newspapers for 26 years. I have written three novels following my character Liam Mannion – Tan, set during the Irish War of Independence, The Golden Grave, which is set in the old battlefields of World War One, A Time of Traitors, which follows Liam as he tries to unmask a traitor within the ranks of the IRA, and Patriots’ Blood, where finds Liam battling old friends during Ireland’s Civil War. I’ve also written a modern thriller (High Crimes).

In the course of my research, I have come across what I think are interesting facts, which you might like to read. Please feel free to contribute some of your own information, and let’s finally get the bit players of history that bit of recognition they truly deserve.

– David Lawlor

34 Responses to About me

  1. klippsjournal says:

    Nice to meet you. BW

  2. dstroebel says:

    Hi David. Your blog is very inspiring and useful to my own research. I published a book about my great-grandmother’s unspoken banishment from Germany’s Krupp dynasty. Would be interested in talking to you offline about it. More at davidstroebel.com

    Dave Stroebel

    • Hi David,

      Thank you for your comments about my blog. I read, with interest, the story of your family. You clearly have done research. I wonder, though, if it will convince a German court. I wish you luck with it.


  3. Lori Crane says:

    I have one question, David. Do you edit your own books? Seems like that would be impossible.

    • I know that’s a no-no, but I do, yes. I get beta readers to check them out, but that’s it. I usually put the book aside at various stages of writing and then try to look at it with fresh eyes. I read them about six times before publishing – and am sick to my back teeth of them at that stage 🙂

      • Lori Crane says:

        Amen to the ‘sick of reading them’ part. I enjoy sending my manuscript off to the editor and getting it back fresh. I usually click “accept all changes” and then read it with a whole new perspective. Bless your heart, I don’t know how you manage to edit it yourself! 🙂 Glad to connect with you!

  4. You’re right to do it that way. I’m glad to connect with you too, Lori. If I can be of any help to you at any time, I’ll do my best. 🙂

    • Lori Crane says:

      Hi David, I have one more spot open on my virtual book tour. It’s Nov 14 for “Elly Hays,” historical fiction during the War of 1812 in the American south. Wondering if you have room for a bio/blurb on your site that day. LoriCraneAuthor@gmail.com Thanks, I hope you’re well and had a good summer.

  5. Orla says:

    I just read your excerpt of Tan. I was planning on saying something nice, to be nice, regardless of the read. Now though I have to genuinely say ‘Well Done’ great read, I love Liam and his Da, they took me right in. I am supposed to be writing at the moment, but I’m happy to read on…

  6. roberthorvat says:

    Thanks for following my blog David. I spotted your blog earlier today and I must say I am in awe of your range of subjects (in history) that you cover. I am also a history enthusiast with a passion for history, in particular, Byzantine history and Australian War history. As a novice, I have had some good fortune with my almost one year old blog. I am quite proud of many of my articles, but my interviews with John julius Norwich and Roger Crowley stand out for me. I look forward to reading your blog! Cheers.

    • Thanks for the kind words. Robert. I’m not a history expert, just interested in the subject. I read one of your Evil Eye articles (which was fascinating) and your Gallipoli piece. Have you read L.A. Carlyon’s book on Gallipoli? It’s the only one I’ve read, but I thought it was brilliant.
      Your blog articles are far more in-depth than my own and also cover a wide range. I’m looking forward to reading more. Good luck with your writing!

  7. Fred Staff says:

    David. Great to meet a fellow history nut. I taught history for so long that the last half of the book was about me. I have now decided to make history come alive for my readers. All of my books are filled with historical facts and I am proud to tell you that I have over 50 five stars on Amazon.
    I would love to have you or one of your followers review my books. If you are interested I can send you are any of your readers a free kindle of the book of their choice. Just drop me a line at the below e mail and I will immediately forward the book.
    Don’t ask for one if you don’t love action, adventure and non stop history.

    • Hi Fred. Your books sound like just my cup of tea – action and adventure wrapped in history is what I write myself. At the moment I’m in the final furlong of finishing the first draft of my new book, so will concentrate on that for now. I’ll come back to you at a later stage, if that’s alright. – David

  8. I very much enjoyed your blog, History With A Twist. I am working on a history book-blog of my own, which can be seen at [one word] theoryofirony.com, then clicking on either the “sample chapter” or “blog” buttons at the top. My Rube Goldberg brain asks with an odd, well-caffeinated kind of logic: Why is there an inverse proportion between the size of the print and the importance of the message? Art. Literature. Science. Military. Religion. I call this eccentric thinking the Theory of Irony and if your busy schedule permits, give a read, leave a comment or create a link. In any event, best of luck with your own endeavors.

  9. mintclinic says:

    Love your writing David , we should meet some time to compare stories , Richard

  10. jazzfeathers says:

    Hi David 🙂
    I stumbled upon one of your article on ReadWave today and I liked it so much I decided to visit your blog. And let me tell you, I’m enjoying this as well.
    I’m very curious about you novels. I’m an historical writer too, I write very near to ‘your time’ (Roaring Twenties America, in my case). I’m very happy I found your blog. I’m have a look around soon 🙂

  11. Sheila Myers says:

    Hello David – I stumbled upon your blog via another blog recommendation. I would love to contribute a post about my research on the Durant family. Dr. Durant was one of the robber barons that forged the transcontinental line and his family had more than one scandal to its credit. Here is my own blog. Let me know if interested. http://www.wwdurantstory.com/tracking-william-west-durant—blog

    • That sounds fascinating, Sheila, Could you write about 700-800 words on the Durants, including allthose juicy scandals – and a pic of Durant and you. I’m due to post an article, so I could step back and let you post one instead in the next few days, if that suits. Thanks for getting in touch. Normally, I’d have a good rummage on your site and make some comments, but I’m ill at the moment and not really up to that. – David

  12. Jo Treston says:

    Hi David,
    Did you write the book “Divine Right. The Parnell Split in Meath”? I have been researching my family tree for many years now and I am a descendant of Bishop Nulty and am very keen to discover more about his family and your sources of information re same.
    Many thanks,
    Jo Treston

  13. Liam O`Sullivan says:

    I have just finished reading your article about your grandfather Michael Lawlor which appeared in a genealogy supplement in the “Independant” on Saturday 09/04/16, at the end piece which you invited contact about stories of ancestors gone by which is why I am writing this now. Like you, while trawling through the 1901 and 1911 census`I came across a name from the 1911 census which I did not recognise “Patrick O`Sullivan b.1904 ,I asked my father who was this Patrick. He then told me that he had been murdered by Black and Tans in February 1921 while walking home from work with his brother Connie in Cork City. I have since got a copy of the transcript of the military court of inquiry in lieu of inquest as Cork was under martial law at the time as you know. It was harrowing reading as my grand-uncle Connie was the witness and was only 16 years old at the time. I just thought as my grand-uncle was just another forgotten casualty of a horrible war ( as all wars are ) that you might be interested as you seem to have a passion for history.
    P.s good article by the way. Liam O`Sullivan

    • Hi Liam,

      Thanks for getting in touch.I’m glad you like the piece I did on my grandad. I had a look for Patrick O’Sullivan, and the only one I could find was a Lieutenant Patrick O’Sullivan, Cork IRA, who was killed during an ambush at Upton. I don’t think that’s who you’re referring to, however. If you can give me more information, I’d appreciate it.
      Regards, David

  14. Hi David.. fascinating series of books and have done a promotion for your books going out next Monday as part of my Cafe and Bookstore.. Hope that’s okay? Going forward, I will keep an eye on the the new release and share any new reviews that come in and include in one of the twice weekly updates. Sally

  15. http://Www.Burn-Marks.com is clearly historical fiction with a most unusual explanation.

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