For me one of the most enjoyable aspects of writing is the back ground research. With my next novel focussing on diamond smuggling I am learning about all things diamonds and came across a photo of this ultra rare violet diamond.
In 2015 they discovered a 9.17 carat rough diamond that has been cut to produce the 2.83 carat polished oval shaped gem, known as The Argyle Violet. It will be the centrepiece of the 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender.
If you want it you'll need to break out the piggy bank!!! The value per carat will likely be close to a world record.
My first history book, Mud, Blood and Bayonet is due to be released on 1 Jan 2018. It is a history of the 6th Dorsetshire Regiment in 1918, day by day, for them the bloodiest year of the war.