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Some 21st Century Character Archetypes

This first appeared in 2012. New version edited and updated. I read a lot of books and I watch a lot of films and TV series, typically in the evening to wind down from spending all day on the laptop working. I've identified several tropes of the modern age. I don't know if any appear… Continue reading Some 21st Century Character Archetypes

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Feed a Writer AND an Artist: Buy Books New!

"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!

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Some Dos and Don’ts for Writing a Prequel

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

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Comparing my Zombie Novellas Dead Heat and Dead Lock

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

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Introducing the Gladiators of My Current WIP

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

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How to Create a Book Title That Doesn’t Confuse the Reader

Last week in a Facebook book group I am in, a cover caught my eye and I enquired what the book was about. Both the title itself and the nature of the cover made it look like a fantasy or dystopia novel. Apparently, it was actually about a mother searching for her abducted son. This… Continue reading How to Create a Book Title That Doesn’t Confuse the Reader