Burning Chair…Burning Ears

A short one or a long one today, depending how you see it... I recently did a video interview with Peter Oxley and Simon Finnie, the owners of publishing company Burning Chair and publishers of Burning: An Anthology of Short Thrillers, in which a story I wrote specifically for the collection, 'The Five Votive Candles... Continue Reading →

Christmas Writing: an exercise for fun

To celebrate the fact my book You Could Make a Killing is now on special Christmas offer at a frankly ridiculously low price (see full details here), here's another Christmas bit... Many years ago, the magazine Blue Murder (RIP) set a Christmas challenge: write a short story of not more than 1,500 words for the... Continue Reading →

Christmas Countdown Commercialism…

If you're stuck for an idea for a loved one's Christmas gift or looking for a Secret Santa gift, I'm pleased to offer my second collection of short stories - 'You Could Make a Killing ' at the budget-bargain price of only 99p (and I believe the equivalent in local markets). Yes, that's right -... Continue Reading →

2019 Calendar – free download

Here's a post and resource shamelessly stolen from my wife's blog 'RagtagMagpie' where she looks at a variety of art, crafts as well as showcasing some of the things she has been working on...including this - a calendar using some of the iconography from my site. If you're looking for a quick calendar reference and... Continue Reading →

Movie Reviews: A Sunday Quiz

Everyone gets bad reviews. It's a given. (Except for me of course, Basement Tales and You Could Make a Killing still riding on all 5 star reviews on Amazon...but hey, I'm not one to gratuitously plug my books...) But apparently not. Even the classics don't appeal to everyone: and boy, can it spark a spirited... Continue Reading →

William Goldman

In a week that's already seen one of modern history's greatest storytellers pass, in Stan Lee, another equally legendary writer in his own respective field left us today. William Goldman was, and likely always will be, my favourite screen-writer of all time. His influence on me through his films was immense: from an early age... Continue Reading →

Talk Radio Part 2: The Broadcast

Earlier this week I wrote about my upcoming appearance on Stratford Words - a weekly show ran and hosted by Nick Le Mesurier on Welcombe Radio: a community internet station based in, well, duh, Stratford-Upon-Avon. That's right - Stratford; home of Shakespeare and all that good stuff. And check me out - I did a... Continue Reading →

Where have you been all this time? Editing a long-sort-of-lost novel

I've published two collections of short stories (did I ever mention Basement Tales and You Could Make a Killing?) to test the waters in self-publishing, Kindle and so forth but these have been, in a sense, warm ups before I start publishing novels. I have a number of novels in various stage - one fully... Continue Reading →

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