Woods

Selling books the Indie way – a retrospective

Sales Sales Sales Well, Autumn’s well and truly here; the local woods are a painter’s palette of  fabulous colours and there’s even a thick ‘pea-souper’ mist this evening. What’s more, it’s just over a year since ‘The Trespass’ sold almost 6000 copies in one month (October 2011). So, what’s been happening since then? Firstly, I’m … Read more …

Scott contemplates breaking the next taboo

The subconscious author

How much ‘you’ projects into your writing? It’s an interesting question. Can an author successfully excise his or her views and attitudes to the extent that their characters are able to live and act entirely independently of the author’s own mores and general life-governing principles? I think the answer is ‘yes and no’. Yes, in … Read more …

The long and grinding road

George Orwell‘s quote: Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. . . . has never rung so true. I am almost at the … Read more …

The Ultimate Crime

Murder – what’s to like? What is it with us and murder? Ever since Cain killed Abel the human race has been fascinated by homicide. Is it because taking another life is the ultimate sin? Or does this fascination come from something more primal? To deliberately send another human being into the unknown, into the … Read more …

Aquae Sulis

What do Kindle readers want to read?

Good question, huh? The answer, of course, is the same as for the old adage (can a question be an adage? Ed.): ‘How long is a piece of string?’ In other words, it depends who’s buying. I, for instance, would buy thrillers, crime novels, anything about the Great War, anything set in Roman Britain or … Read more …

This is how murder begins . . .

There was nothing remarkable about him. People passed him in the street without a second glance. That was good; his anonymity was his biggest asset. He moved purposefully, arms swinging in time with his footsteps, every nerve in his body tingling. He plunged through a puddle, enjoying the slapping discharge of water from his state-of-the-art … Read more …

Black December

‘Black December’ – released 19th November 2011

DCI Brendan Moran, world-weary veteran of 1970s Ireland, is recuperating from a near fatal car crash when a murder is reported at Charnford Abbey. The abbot and his monks are strangely uncooperative, but when a visitor from the Vatican arrives and an ancient relic goes missing the truth behind Charnford’s pact of silence threatens to … Read more …

A breakthrough month . . .

Sales, sales, sales A few months ago I promised to let you know how sales were going on Amazon KDP. Well, so far I have three titles published on KDP: The Trespass The Ley Lines of Lushbury The Serpent and the Slave I’ll give a breakdown of ‘The Trespass’ for now, as the other two … Read more …

Late again . . .

OK, so it’s been another long gap in blogs – apologies . . . but I haven’t been idle: ‘The Serpent and the Slave’ has been published on Amazon in Kindle format only for the moment, and I’m hoping to release my adult crime thriller, ‘Black December’ in . . . yes, December. In the … Read more …

The Serpent and the Slave – prologue

Here is the prologue for my soon to be released action adventure novel set in Britannia, 367AD Township of Leptis Magna, Province of Africa, 361AD The stars were brighter than usual tonight, Publius Albanus Tutor mused as he made his way down the colonnaded main street of Leptis. Funny how cold it could get after … Read more …