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 →

Classic Movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime: a rant

Given I have been so damned nice about pretty much everything and everyone I have written about on this blog so far, I think I should get a pass for one day of grumpy-middle-aged-man. So, it's a beautiful bright autumnal Sunday morning - perfect for a long countryside ramble or, if you're like me, to... 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 →

Facts and Figures about the state of Publishing: Part 1

This is a bit of a random pot of ten statistics regarding the state of publishing today taken from the recent IBIS World report with very, very limited thoughts attached. There's little in the way of rhyme or reason to the structure of this post, but hopefully you'll find some tidbits of interest in it.... Continue Reading →

Talk Radio Part 1

This afternoon, Sunday 4th November at 4pm UK time, I'm going to try something different: I'll be appearing on an internet radio show entitled Stratford Words¬†: (http://www.welcomberadio.co.uk) I've never done a radio show about writing in general, or my writing in particular. It's going to be a one hour interview with the show's host,¬† Nick... Continue Reading →

Writing Horror for Children

"I wrote a few children's books...not on purpose." - Stephen Wright So I wrote a story and a half over the weekend. That's not bad going - it was, in a sense, another attempt at speed writing, with a reason for the deadline... I have my two young nephews, Bartholomew and Theodore down for a... Continue Reading →

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