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

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

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

R.I.P Roger Ebert: 10 Movies He Hated

R.I.P Roger Ebert: 10 Movies He Hated.

April 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Angry military poetry. Grrr.

I was talking to a soldier on my BBC Wiltshire radio show last week. The topic had to do with how we look after service personel when they return from … Continue reading

March 24, 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

God Help the Cardinals

This afternoon, as the world watched the Vatican chimney stack for signs that a new pope had been chosen, I spotted a flaw in the time honoured tradition of papal … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · Leave a comment