The Premiere Part 2

ThumbnailPhoto by Robinson Recalde on Unsplash Thursday night at Temperance and the world premiere of ‘The Phone Call’ (not the catchiest title: may need a bit of work on that). I met with the assembled cast and crew (myself, son, and a family friend – Jorge (or George, Gorge, Jerk depending on which Starbucks you’re... Continue Reading →

Before the premiere…

Tonight at a Storytelling event at Temperance, in Leamington, I'm going to try something different. Reading my stuff out loud is pretty new to me full stop - I've only done it at a couple of events, and once on radio. Tonight's different again - for a few reasons. It's a film script. Well, in... Continue Reading →

Review: Books of 2018

Ok, not a Top 10 of New Fiction of 2018 because, quite frankly, I'm not sure I read 10 books that were originally published last year. That's not to say I didn't read...I did - a lot. But one of my resolutions of the previous year had been to start reading the stuff I actually... Continue Reading →

World Premiere…this Thursday

So, last year I took part in a couple of storytelling evenings...not something I'd ever done before, and not something I'd intended to do when I turned up to listen, but being the big show-off I am I couldn't resist it. I went on to run a couple of writing workshops there (details of which... Continue Reading →

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 →

Bad Treatment

This is a story that I never thought would see the light of day. You might agree it shouldn't have after you read it but today I thought I'd share it. I dug it out when looking through old stories at 5 this morning, while thinking about the sad passing of William Goldman yesterday. It's... 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 →