Writing

Bits from the world of writing.

New Book Ideas!

Dive, dive, dive! If there’s something I love writing about, it’s characters pitched into conflict in a claustrophobic atmosphere. Avid readers of my books will have recognised that ships provide a perfect opportunity to create these situations. People exist in close proximity and are confined to the low-ceilinged decks of their ship, unable to escape …

All about Voyager, my greatest success (so far!)

Voyager was an anomaly, like the central premise of its story. I’d just written Irex, an intense, brooding and claustrophobic historical mystery; I expected to continue in a similar vein. Instead, I had a very vivid dream in the summer of 2016 in which I saw the central motif of Voyager’s story – a human …

About this new book of mine…

I hinted in my opening post about the involvement of dragons in my latest work, tentatively titled ‘Horla’. There’s no doubt these creatures have fascinated humanity for millennia. In literature, they have been variously portrayed as wise, helpful, intelligent and often the companions of children who believe in them as opposed to adults who either run …

Why Did I Wait So Long To Publish ‘Voyager’?

I was scared. There, I admitted it. I finished writing Voyager on 30th January. It’s now 3rd April. Release date is tomorrow. And I’m tense. Really tense. Fingernails gnawed to the quick tense. Anyone who’s done this on their own knows the feeling. What did I do wrong? What needs doing? Is the manuscript formatted …

The Indie Landscape – Watch Your Step!

Storytelling is the creative skill du jour. It is an increasingly common way for the ordinary people of the industrialised West to express themselves and their imaginations to the world at large. The rise of self-publishing and its tyrannical champion, Amazon, has given an unprecedented platform to those who want to express themselves through writing. Having cut …