Degrees of Separation

Like many people, I enjoy reading books with recurring characters.  Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, for example, or Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme.  Provided they’re well written, they offer predictability – you know what you’re getting. When I first decided to write...

Foster An Author

At this year’s Bloggers Bash, I had the pleasure of meeting Jo and Isa who run the blog Jo&IsaLoveBooks. I say meet, at times it felt like I was being harangued from the floor by them while I was on stage, but I forgave them if for no other reason than...

I’m Going In

I was brimming over with enthusiasm a couple of weeks ago. Time to get back to Carrion and take it closer to completion. After spending a couple of months writing a surprise first draft of a completely different novel, I’d been excited at the prospect of reading...

Getting Out There

From someone who writes a blog – from someone who writes, full stop – the message here might seem strange. Writing, by its very nature, is a solitary pastime. It’s not the sort of thing to do while you’re chatting to the person at the next desk, or if other people are...

A Minor Diversion

Early in May, I finally completed the latest draft of Carrion, a novel that seems to be taking an age to get right. I first started it back in the mid-noughties, and have set it aside and gone back to it several times. The story feels right, and I feel it needs...

Not A ‘Droid

Having raved recently about the merits of watching movies in IMAX, I thought I’d pick up on a comment I made in the post where I first mentioned it. When I heard about 4DX, I did wonder if it was the name of another Star Wars ’droid, but it turns out it’s a relatively...