Tag Archives: Simon Dillon

Download The Birds Began to Sing FREE – for five days only

Love a gripping, page-turning psychological thriller? Download my novel The Birds Began to Sing absolutely FREE – for five days only! Here is the blurb from the back of the novel: When aspiring novelist Alice Darnell enters a competition to … Continue reading

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All my novels now available as paperbacks from Amazon

At long last, I have stopped procrastinating, deferring, delaying, dilly-dallying, putting off, hanging fire, dragging my feet, beating about the bush and taking a rain check (or a “precipitation verification” as I sometimes call it, since the expression, American in … Continue reading

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You can’t please everyone

This goes without saying really, but all authors need to learn they cannot please everyone all the time. Tolkien famously wrote in his foreword to The Lord of the Rings that certain elements of his novel were singled out for … Continue reading

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Should writers stick to one genre?

I have heard it said that the most successful writers generally stick to one genre. Think of Stephen King and horror for instance, or Agatha Christie and murder mysteries. Does dipping one’s toes in multiple genres result in a jack … Continue reading

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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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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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