How’s the writing going?

I get asked this a lot. It's nice. It's also a wee bit depressing when the answer is, has been, and will probably continue to be... it isn't. I have a "work in progress" but instead of my usual all-consuming attacking the keyboard like a starving dog going at a bag of hot chips I'm … Continue reading How’s the writing going?

Meet me at the horse’s arse – inspiration

"Where do you get your ideas from?" This is a question that crops up a lot when people find out I write silly little books. And when they actually read those books and realise just how bloody silly they are the question takes on a whole new inflection. No longer simply curious, more... concerned. "So, … Continue reading Meet me at the horse’s arse – inspiration

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I've always been fascinated by regression... going back to those things we find comfort in particularly when times are hard. There's a psychological basis for it I'm sure but I won't pretend to know what I'm talking about there. For me, it's as simple as comfort food, comfort tv and comfort books. Last week I … Continue reading [engaging headline to encourage people to read]

All Hail Emperor Bezos and Bow Down Before the Amazon Overlords!

There is no getting around it. Very soon I will have to get on my knees like everyone else in the world and beg for scraps at the feet of Emperor Bezos. As much as I would love The Book and the Blade to be 100% indie... only available in small shops with quirky cafes … Continue reading All Hail Emperor Bezos and Bow Down Before the Amazon Overlords!

I will eviscerate you in fiction!

Every pimple, every character flaw. I was naked for a day; you will be naked for eternity.Geoffrey Chaucer (sort of) One of the fun things about writing a book you think pretty much no one will read is putting all your friends and family in there and ending their lives in new and imaginative ways. Not … Continue reading I will eviscerate you in fiction!

Ask me anything… (sort of)

Well, ladies and gents, I've managed to get this website up and running and I've made sure all the links work (and go precisely where they're meant to). So far, it's all tip-top and shiny. So, I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of new links I added just now. These two... That's … Continue reading Ask me anything… (sort of)

A spanking new website!

Things are happening, folks! First of all, the countdown to the book release is on. At the time of writing, there are 149 days left! I also had an exceptionally cool meeting with my amazing editor yesterday but I can't really dish the goss on that one yet other than to say she is a … Continue reading A spanking new website!

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?