"Do you know how much it costs to pay an artist to design a custom cover for your book?" Was a question I recently asked of somebody in a book group. This was in response to how "cheap" self-published and indy book covers look, and that they "put readers off". While readers are drawn to… Continue reading Feed a Writer AND an Artist: Buy Books New!
It seems prequels, prequel-sequels and sequels to prequels that remain prequels are all the rage at the moment. This year, I've read Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage (the first volume in His Dark Materials follow-up, but a prequel) and last weekend watched Alien Covenant. These two works have got me thinking a lot about what… Continue reading Some Dos and Don’ts for Writing a Prequel
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you're planning some romantic time with your partner or engaging in some self-care if you're single. I rarely write about lurrve, but in my novel Salmonweird (still waiting for an agent to snap it up), I introduce the world's worst Elizabethan poet. Here is just how awful she is...… Continue reading The World’s Worst Elizabethan Poet Writes a Love Sonnet
I posted just five times in January. A combination of ongoing winter bugs (both myself and my other half) that won't go away coupled with an upturn in work has meant I've neglected this blog a little. But life isn't stagnating. I've joined the gym, climbing more often and running again although mostly on gym… Continue reading The Winter of Discommunication
Happy New Year everyone! I hope your Christmas break was as relaxing as you deserve. I love Christmas and New Year, the sights and sounds, food and carols. It always give me a time to reflect on the events of the year that just passed and 2017 was no exception. Nothing too remarkable happened if… Continue reading Happy 2018! My Goals for the Year
The main thing I was trying to achieve when writing Dead Lock was to present several similar scenarios from Dead Heat with very different outcomes. Some of these are major plot points but this dynamic was also present in the smaller interactions between the characters. One of my favourite scenes was the moment Jim tried… Continue reading Comparing my Zombie Novellas Dead Heat and Dead Lock
Now I'm in the process of seeking an agent or publishers for my Cornish supernatural crime comedy caper Salmonweird, I return to my other unfinished work Children of Phobetor. Until quite recently, this was known as simply Romans Vs Aliens but that was never going to be its actual title. It's been slow moving because… Continue reading Introducing the Gladiators of My Current WIP
Yes, it's release day for Dead Lock my follow-up novella to horror-comedy Dead Heat. I'm so excited to see what people think and can't believe Dead Heat has been out some 2.5 years already! It won't be long until my next release (I hope). One way or the other, Salmonweird will get released. But for… Continue reading How Do You Like Your Zombies?
Visitors and observers of my Facebook Page yesterday watched my exciting announcement of my completion of horror thriller Dead Lock. Only the first draft, of course. I will spend the next few days correcting the proof copy before sending out review copies to those who have already agreed to review it. Yesterday was a cold,… Continue reading Are You Ready for Dead Lock?
Not me of course, but my blog. This is particularly pertinent because I've just had my busiest month ever on this blog, far outstripping the previous two months over just over 3,000. Thanks to everyone who likes, shares and comments on my blog. Your help and support is always invaluable. You should all know by… Continue reading Apparently, I Turned 7 Years Old Today