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 […]

The World’s Worst Elizabethan Poet Writes a Love Sonnet

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… […]

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 […]

How Do You Like Your Zombies?

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 […]

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 […]

A(nother) Sample of Dead Lock!

I really couldn’t be any more pleased with myself about how well work is progressing on the follow-up novella to my horror comedy Dead Heat. I’ve been working on it in bits and pieces most of the year but only in the last month has it all fallen into place. I’m going on holiday soon […]