DCI Brendan Moran # 3 – a taster…

DCI Brendan Moran returns in the sequel to ‘Creatures of Dust’. The title is ‘Death Walks Behind you’ and the novel will be published in early 2015. In the meantime, here is the prologue … Prologue Linda Harrison wouldn’t have described herself as an outdoor type but she did enjoy her early morning perambulations, a … Read more …

Modus Operandi …

Or Odius Moperandi, as my Great Uncle Quentin used to say whilst throwing liberal bucketfuls of Flash over the kitchen floor… Sorry, it must be the heat. Not used to this sort of weather in Blighty. Anyway, I digress. The question is, ‘How do you write?’. I don’t mean how as such; I mean, I … Read more …

Days of positivity and days of …

You all know the feeling. You get out of bed and immediately feel great. One or two coffees later and you feel even better. The sun is shining, the muse is  kicking in like never before and your brain is in major creative mode. Today is the day you feel as if you could write the … Read more …

Advice for new Indie Authors . . .

Originally published on Indie author Rachel Abbot’s blog.  So, you want to be an Indie Author. Where do you begin? The Beginning . . .  • Write a great book in a genre that people want to read This is a really obvious one but you are making life very hard, if not impossible, for … Read more …

Tech Tip #2 – Word to .mobi format conversion – indents

This is just a quickie, but boy was I happy when I found out how to avoid my Word conversion to .mobi program indenting every chapter and new scene paragraph by the ‘special’ indentation setting I’d already entered for normal dialogue indents… Here’s what to do: For each first chapter paragraph and scene change paragraph, … Read more …

The party starts here . . .

Fellow author Andrew Blackman was kind enough to share the experience of his recent book launch with me, and as I am planning one of these for my new novel ‘Creatures of Dust‘ I thought it would be helpful to share Andrew’s experiences with you. After all, we all need a good launch, don’t we? … Read more …

End Game . . .

‘I’m slipping into grey. And I was (in my way) good to you. And you were good for me. Bye Bye my love. Going to play the End Game…’ Ian Anderson – End Game The relationship between author and reader is a close one  – or should be. You have created a world in which … Read more …

Walk on, walk off …

So, you’re writing your novel and of course it’s right and proper that you should spend time making sure your characters come to life – especially the main characters of protagonist and, if appropriate, antagonist. If the characters don’t come to life your readers will be unable to relate to and engage fully with the … Read more …

Beguiling Blurb – Part 1

We all love writing a synopsis, don’t we? No? You’re right. We all hate writing a synopsis. But there’s something even worse: the blurb. The blurb is the stuff on the back of the book which outlines the story in about ten lines. The blurb is, along with the cover, what makes people buy or … Read more …

Lost the plot?

Do you enjoy plotting? I don’t. Well, let me qualify that – I enjoy it at the beginning of the process when the germ of an idea that captivated me at the breakfast table progresses to a rough (and I mean rough) idea of where the novel is likely to go.  At that point I … Read more …