Category Archives: Books

Download Children of the Folded Valley FREE – for five days only

Get my most successful novel Children of the Folded Valley absolutely FREE on Amazon Kindle – for five days only! Here is the blurb from the back of the book: During a journey to visit his estranged sister, James Harper … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Children of the Folded Valley

Concluding my series on inspiration and influences for my novels, here’s a look at the stories that informed my most successful and “personal” book to date, Children of the Folded Valley. A coming of age memoir set against a “light” … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Uncle Flynn

Continuing my series on inspiration and influences for my books, here’s a look at texts that informed my debut novel, Uncle Flynn. A thrilling treasure hunt inspired by local history and walks on Dartmoor with my oldest son, Uncle Flynn … Continue reading

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Download The Thistlewood Curse FREE – for five days only!

Download The Thistlewood Curse absolutely FREE from Amazon Kindle – for five days only!   The Thistlewood Curse is a riveting supernatural thriller featuring a young detective and her lifelong friend, a paranormal investigator who specialises in astral projection. With … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge

Continuing my series on inspiration and influences for my books (which I began earlier this year), here’s a look at stories which informed my novel, Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge. This is a gripping tale for all … Continue reading

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Out of Context

I recently noticed Goodreads and Amazon contain features that allow readers to highlight quotes from my novels. Seeing these snippets out of context is interesting, because in some cases they cease to be the thoughts of my characters and become … Continue reading

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Plot Twists versus Unexpected Plot Turns

I have noticed some people confuse plot twists with unexpected plot turns. Here I shall attempt my own definitions of each, to explain the difference. Earlier this year, I was most amused by a “bad” review of my novel Love … Continue reading

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Writing animal fiction

Earlier this year, my youngest son asked me to write a story about wolves. Initially I said no, as animal fiction is not something I have had an ambition to attempt. However, annoyingly, a rather good story then occurred to … Continue reading

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Download Uncle Flynn FREE – for five days only!

For five days only, my debut novel Uncle Flynn is available to download FREE from Amazon Kindle. Uncle Flynn was received very positively. On the surface it is a properly old-fashioned treasure hunt adventure, but it contains underlying themes about … Continue reading

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Managing Metaphors

Sometimes metaphors in novels can seem crass and unwieldy. Other times they can be sublime. But what is the difference between good and bad use? My general rule of thumb is that deliberate metaphors should only be included if they … Continue reading

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