Announcing Phobetor's Children 2020 Release

Welcome to the official announcement blog for Phobetor’s Children! How excited are you for this? Not nearly as excited as I am. Once named Romans vs Aliens, I started this in 2013 and this year I will finally unleash it on the world. Seven years in the making, this is all you need to know […]

2020 Vision – What Happens Next?

As I’m blogging a lot less these days (thanks to expanding social media presence in 2019), I guess I should sign off for the year and wish you all a great 2020. With 13 days to, it would normally feel too early to do so, but I’m unlikely to post again in 2019. Business has […]

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 […]