Category Archives: Books

The Thistlewood Curse out on the 1st of May!

After a few delays, I am pleased to finally announce that my new novel The Thistlewood Curse is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle! Set almost entirely on Lundy Island, The Thistlewood Curse begins as a detective story but evolves … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Love vs Honour

Continuing my series on inspiration and influences for my novels, in this post I am taking a look at the ideas behind my romantic drama Love vs Honour. This book stands apart from the rest of my novels, as teenage … Continue reading

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Update on Present Projects

So far, 2017 has been a very productive year for me. I have finished the first draft of The Spectre of Springwell Forest, and am awaiting feedback from a couple of willing guinea pigs, whose critical eyes are passing over … Continue reading

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Telling myself the story

I once read that “the first draft is you telling yourself the story”. I’m not sure where to attribute that quote, but this is certainly true for me. Whilst I have a good outline of the story whenever I write … Continue reading

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Coincidence: A mortal sin for writers?

I have heard some storytelling gurus state that the use of coincidence in a story is a heinous crime and should be avoided at all costs. Obviously Charles Dickens didn’t get that particular memo, as many of his greatest novels, … Continue reading

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Inspiration: George Hughes trilogy

Continuing my series on inspiration and influences for my novels, in this post I am taking a look at the ideas behind my George Hughes science fiction adventure trilogy, which comprises (in reading order) George goes to Mars, George goes … Continue reading

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Inspiration: The Birds Began to Sing

Whether writers care to admit it or not, much of what they pen is influenced – consciously or unconsciously – by other works. In my case, I am happy to acknowledge influences, but like any other writer hope my own … Continue reading

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Religion, Agony and Secrets… The novels of DM Miller

On Valentine’s Day I normally favour a bit of counter-programming on this blog, rather than slavishly adhere to calendar observance. However, this year I think it is worth promoting fellow author DM Miller, who has written an unusual romantic trilogy. … Continue reading

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His Dark Materials – A Reassessment

SPOILERS AHEAD for His Dark Materials. In the past I have written extensively of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. I have spoken of how it is a spectacular feat of imagination that almost equals The Lord of the Rings. … Continue reading

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Depicting something versus endorsing something

A recent article in the Guardian reported how a library in Virginia had banned To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because they contained racist language. News of such idiotic censorship always depresses me, and the problem … Continue reading

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