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

Today seems like a good day for my favorite Mandela quotes.

Today, I’m thinking about Nelson Mandela, a great leader, skilful orator and eloquent writer. 1. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · 1 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

Great readers of the world.

Ever wonder what the world would look like if countries were the size of their appetite for reading? Well, it would look like this: Here’s an interesting study about how … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Celebrate your procrastination.

Do you know what would freak me out? Being able to sit down, switch on my computer, and instantly begin to bash out thousands of brilliant words. That never happens, … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Build it and they will come.

One thing is surely true in the digital age: content is king. I find that reassuring. I was once in a BBC seminar where a manager was explaining how money … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

What does your writing desk sound like?

There are lots of pictures online of famous authors’ desks. They’re great fun. But for me, maybe because I work on the radio, I always wonder what they sound like. … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

Write what you know. Or what you don’t.

Here’s a question. Do you write for yourself, or for other people? I mostly write for myself. For my own amusement. For fun. For escape. I’m only asking because one … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · 1 Comment

Here’s a weird thing.

When I first started writing, I sent the first draft of Fearless to my now agents at Darley Anderson much earlier than I should have done. It was a really … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · Leave a comment