I describe my Malvern/Mora novels as ‘adventure with a fantasy element’ because the fantasy is not essential to the stories. Most of what goes on in the stories is normal human interaction, albeit in a rather exotic setting. I could truly have told these tales without introducing the fantastic at all but it gave me more space for my ideas to develop.
Some of my other novels are more purely fantasy. Magical concerns somewhat underly the plots of ‘The Eyes of the Wind’ and the soon-to-be-released ‘The Crocodile’s Son.’ To a slightly lesser degree, this is also true of the Donzalo books. The latter could probably have been shaped as historical fiction of some sort, had I desired; a certain ‘magical’ event (a prophecy) gets the plot moving but some other device could have been substituted.
But I wanted fantasy so I wrote fantasy, and certainly do not regret it. Some other day, it is likely that I will turn out an historical of one sort or another (I have concepts sketched out). I shall also write more fantasies. Stay tuned for further developments!