It is all very well to be able to write books, but can you wiggle your ears?

A Download for Facebook Friends

Thanks to everyone who asked to read my story. I just hope you like it! Briefly: Journalist Charlie Lockhart is forced leave his family and disappear after one of his sources … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Inspiration for writers

Sometimes I stumble on blogs with interesting ideas for improving writing. I thought I’d offer an idea in return. Do you ever find a character doesn’t quite ring true when … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

A first chapter…

So I haven’t been blogging for a while, because I’ve been writing. Here’s a first chapter of what I’ve written. Does it grab you? Chapter One The garbage truck rumbled … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing

Sad news today of Elmore Leonard’s death. Here are his excellent rules of writing. 1 Never open a book with weather. If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Four Things Which Shouldn’t Make a Difference When You Sit Down To Write But Which Inevitably Do.

Tight Trousers Honestly, writing a novel is like travelling long haul, except without the pina colada and friendly smile to greet you at the other end. Hours and hours of … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why you never really lose ten percent in the second draft.

I’m in the middle of editing my third novel, Helter Skelter at the moment. I’m creating a second draft. So what does that mean exactly? Good question. A draft means … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 3 Comments

Cocaine for Writers.

Show me a writer that doesn’t want to be read, and I’ll show you a liar. Writing is hard work. It’s nearly midnight, I’ve done a full days work, come … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

News stories that sound like unlikely thriller plots

I often scour through the newspapers for interesting stories which one day might inspire a plot in a future story. This week has offered up some amazing real-life stories which … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

That Old Devil Called Doubt

Two years ago I went to Afghanistan on a reporting job. I felt good about the trip. I knew what I was getting into. I went on special hostile environment … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Three little words…

A friend of mine has just finished reading my third novel, Helter Skelter. Today we were having a coffee (well, he was drinking weird tea and I had a fairly … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · Leave a comment