How to Psychologically Torture Your Characters – a Recipe

250g of resenting dependency of others150g of feeling like a failure100ml of selflessness and being used by people100ml of social pressures3tbsp essence of personal injustice5 medium sized organic unrequited love pods Mix all the ingredients in a pot and stir thoroughly until fully blended, leaving no lumpy bits of personal injustice. The unrequited love pods […]

Learning to Murder Your Darlings

Although most of my focus has been on releasing Salmonweird, (just two weeks away from release now!) I’ve made a lot of progress on Children of Phobetor this year. I’ve made more progress in one year than I ever thought I would for a book that’s 6 years in the making. Now I’m staring at […]

Salmonweird Has Its Own Website – Check It Out!

If you don’t follow my Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media, you probably missed my big announcement about the future of my crime comedy series (with ghosts) set in Cornwall called Salmonweird. I will self-publish the first volume of the book on 2nd September 2019. It’s available on Amazon Kindle. You may preorder the […]

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 […]

10 Books with the Best Closing Lines

(UPDATED AND RESCHEDULED POST) The opening line of a book is vitally important for grabbing the reader by the throat and making them not want to let go. But what about the final line? Regardless of whether there is a sequel in the works, the final sentence – although not as important, still requires some […]

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 […]

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 […]

Essential Android Apps for Galaxy Note Owning Freelancers

I’ve had my Galaxy Note 4 for some two years now and I’m due an upgrade next month. I trawled through my choices earlier this week and I’m distinctly unimpressed. Aside from an eye-wateringly expensive Galaxy Note 8, no other phone appeals to me. The 8 is way above what I’m willing to pay, even […]

Are You Ready for Dead Lock?

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, […]

Dead Lock Cover and Dead Heat 2nd Edition Cover

It’s nice to be able to start adding the final touches to Dead Lock now. Yesterday afternoon, I posted the new cover image and a new cover for Dead Heat, but I want to go into a bit more detail about the changes. Firstly, I wanted the Dead Lock cover (see below) to be a […]