The case of a poor cover story

The case of a poor cover story

I’ve been getting some great feedback about ‘The Dark Place’, and had over 7,500 people download it in 3 days when I ran a recent free promotion, but the day-to-day paid sales haven’t been great. My editors and some professional reviewers...
RIP Mikey

RIP Mikey

A grim day, that many a family will be familiar with. The death of a much-loved pet. My son and my youngest daughter left the house early this morning (at the time of writing) to find Mikey, our black and white cat, prostrate on the street by the front gate. I’ll take...
What inspires me? The war stories my Grandfather told me.

What inspires me? The war stories my Grandfather told me.

I have a strong – some might say, ‘concerning’ – interest in WW2. When I was about twenty years old (many, many moons ago!) I attempted to write a local history book about the area I lived in (Hillingdon Borough, London) during the war. We had...
How long does it take to write a novel?

How long does it take to write a novel?

This is another question that I am asked often. For other authors, the answer could be anything from a few weeks, to several months, a few years, or even a decade. It depends on many factors, naturally. For me, having finished three books now, it’s ranged from just...
Where do (your) ideas come from?

Where do (your) ideas come from?

I get asked this all the time as, I am quite certain, does every other author of fiction. On the one hand, I find this quite strange; everybody is making up stories all the time, aren’t they? Doesn’t your mind wander? Don’t you dream? But then, I suppose,...