Tag Archives: Simon Dillon

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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Download the entire George Hughes trilogy FREE – for five days only!

The George Hughes trilogy is a thrilling, action-packed space tale set just over a hundred years in the future. Each story is a stand-alone adventure, but I recommend reading the novels in order nonetheless, as they do follow on from … Continue reading

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The Limitations of Allegory

JRR Tolkien famously wrote about his dislike of allegory in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings. Here is what he had to say: “I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since grew … Continue reading

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Download Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge – for five days only!

My novel Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge is available to download FREE from Amazon Kindle for five days only. Of all the novels I have published, Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge remains the one … Continue reading

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Too much realism

I am not a fan of realism for the sake of realism. Nor was legendary film director David Lean, who once said films should feel like dreams. I would argue the same should be true for novels, and I am … Continue reading

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Download Love vs Honour FREE – for five days only!

Continuing my summer giveaways, Love vs Honour is available for the next five days as a free download from Amazon Kindle. After falling in love, teenagers Johnny and Sabina pretend to convert to Islam and Christianity respectively, to placate the … Continue reading

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The Birds Began to Sing FREE from Amazon Kindle – for five days only!

Since it’s summer, here is the first in a series of giveaways on most of my presently published novels. Beginning today, for just five days, you can download The Birds Began to Sing absolutely FREE from Amazon Kindle. The Birds … Continue reading

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