• Live in the now!

    A nice little cliché headline there for a long overdue post, but I get to quote Garth Algar, and also, I stand by it. So much could go wrong, it could all fall down around my ears and I may never see my books in print… but… and this is a big but… in fact, this is a Freddie Mercury screaming Fat Bottomed Girls sized but… right now, in this moment, I have two books being published next year, a potential third, a total of five novels signed and two publishers reading two more full manuscripts after liking the first three chapters. Nothing may come of the full requests but the fact I got two ‘fulls’ in the same week is pretty bloody exciting. Of course, Pessimistic Al is constantly whispering bollocks and trying to ruin it, but he’s a dick and we try not to listen to him.

    So here is where we currently stand…

    • The Book and the Blade – February 28th, 2023
    • Rock Zombie – sometime in early 2023
    • The Sword and the Hounds – signed
    • The Saint and the Shadowman – signed
    • I Draw the Line at ******* Vampires – signed
    • Albert the Great Australian Dragon – being read after a full request
    • The Djinn and the Dragoman – being read after a full request

    And then there are the books I haven’t yet sent into the wilderness…

    • The Last Witch in Brisbane – needs an edit
    • The Shadow in the Sands – writing, nearly finished
    • Won’t Someone Please Think of the Orcs – planning (will start writing for NaNoWriMO)

    So yep, it’s all pretty exciting right now.

    “But nothing will come of it, none of them will get published and you’ll be laughed at for even thinking you stood a chance of getting a book in print you talentless dickhead”

    Shut up, Pessimist Al. No one has time for your shit. Live in the now!


  • That was some year! (written in June 2021)

    It has been just over a year since I woke up one morning to an email from some lovely people in The States who told me they wanted to publish my little book. A year! 2020. Nothing much happened there, right? Just an ordinary, boring, humdrum kind of year. So I thought I’d let you … Continue reading That was some year! (written in June 2021)

  • It’s easy to get a publisher, right?

    It turns out I keep this online diary almost as consistently as I keep my personal diary, i.e. hardly ever. This is quite normal for me. I seem to work in flurries of madness separated by long periods of nothing. Well, I say nothing, but the old noggin is always ticking over. It’s like a … Continue reading It’s easy to get a publisher, right?

  • Before The Book and the Blade

    I wrote six books before I started work on The Book and the Blade. They were not great. One, two and three were terrible in fact. Four showed some small promise but floundered (drowned) in the middle. Five was a present for my kids that I’m still happy with, and six was a silly thing … Continue reading Before The Book and the Blade

  • Where have you been?

    Years ago I ploughed my way through Frank McCourt’s books because one of my students was reading Angela’s Ashes and raving about it in class, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I read the same book, loved it, and decided to read everything else he had written as well. Somewhere … Continue reading Where have you been?

  • Halloween Hearth Stories 2020

    I wrote a thing for the Halloween Hearth Stories hosted by Parliament House Press. This weekend and next they are publishing a selection of creepy/spooky/Halloweeny short stories from some of their authors (that’s me, Mum!) and my story is online now for you to have a gander at. I’ll come clean, I cheated a bit. … Continue reading Halloween Hearth Stories 2020

  • The Idea

    I had the idea for The Book and the Blade nearly 20 years ago and it hurts me to write that! When I was 18 I started University in York and one of the drawcards for the city was the rumoured 365 pubs… one for every day of the year. There’s a famous street called … Continue reading The Idea

  • The Start

    In the beginning… 31/1/19 I started writing the York ghost story last night… finally! I’m not entirely convinced by the tone yet and it’s a bit cliched but I’m happy I’ve started. The characters are taking shape and I have an idea of where the story is heading. It feels so good to write fiction … Continue reading The Start