Long praise for the short story

"I don't really like short stories, but I actually thought they were okay." Not the greatest accolade ever received, but from my father, that was high praise. No- I'm just kidding about that last bit: he was never one of those stereotypes who was short on praise (although he did fulfil the stereotype 'never let... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 11/100: a safe place

There was a minor kerfuffle a while back when Arron Banks (dodgy Brexit backer - no, don't bother looking him up, you'll just feel as if you need a shower afterwards) accused JK Rowling of being 'pretentious' for mentioning she had a writing room. The response was pretty amusing with the good and the great... Continue Reading →

Adventures in Babysitting

This is a story that didn't make it into You Could Make a Killing, but could have done...if you want to read more like this, you'll find them in that collection - available in paperback, Kindle, or if you have Kindle Unlimited, as part of your free allowance.   * I arrived five minutes before... Continue Reading →

Amazon Reviews

Do you know an author? I don't mean you live next door to one of the big guns like James Patterson, Lee Childs or Jordan. I mean a humble, self-publishing/ small press/ indie publisher author? Do you get sick of them: a) asking you to read their stuff (preferably by buying it...which you feel obliged... 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 →

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 →

Writing Resource: 9/100 – Marketing 101

As some of you reading these posts might know, my background is in Marketing. (The good sort, not the sort Bill Hicks talked about.) I worked for 25 years at one of the most respected publishers in the world. During that time I ran or managed hundreds...actually, probably getting into the thousands, of marketing campaigns... 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 →

Writing Resource 8/100: Telling Lies for Fun and Profit

I've said before that some of my favourite cultural items are quite possibly not on my shelf. I'm a fool to myself for 'lending' my most treasured possessions to friends who have not had the chance to encounter them. I think the three things I've given away (and repurchased) most often are Joe R Lansdale's... 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 →

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