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Welcome to another Jecks wittering. There are times when I sit at my desk and type and think about all kinds of happy things. There are times when I happily wallow in blood and guts in my mind – which is why I, like most crime writers, am such a well-balanced, pleasant, amiable fellow. I … Continue reading

Big Data!

Painting of Josselin Castle, Britanny

I was reading in a magazine an article by the excellent Simon Brett earlier today. It was an obituary for Phyllis James and mentioned that some time ago, while talking about writing, they discussed the worst questions authors are asked. My own favourite worst is, “Where do your books sell?” It’s a natural question. It’s … Continue reading

Marketing for Authors

For those who weren’t aware, I have a YouTube channel on which I discuss many aspects of writing. If you haven’t seen it, look at this one, all about marketing your books – whether you’re an indie or published author! See the latest video here.

Review The Raven’s Head

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    I first met Karen some ten years ago now, at a literary festival in Lincoln, and I was delighted to do so. Only a few weeks before I had read her stunning and evocative book THE COMPANY OF LIARS, and it had blown me away. I was fascinated by her depiction of a … Continue reading

Author incomes – when does the money come in?

Painting of Nine Maidens near Belstone.

This is a quick post to answer the question I have been asked several times recently, which is: how soon are authors paid for their work? Oh, boy, I remember the day Marion Donaldson called me to confirm that Headline wanted to buy my first book, and that she wanted another two titles in the … Continue reading

An Interview with Tom Harper

Tom Harper while researching his novel.

I have been a writer for over twenty years now. In that time I’ve been enormously fortunate to meet many great people who have become firm friends. Tom Harper is one of those. We don’t meet terribly often, sadly, but he is a lovely bloke. It was good to have a chance to chat to … Continue reading

Review: Zodiac Station by Tom Harper

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I first met Tom Harper when he had a different name. Well, many of us do, don’t we? He was appallingly young, and had been a student actuary, like me, but had decided to leave that profession and take up an infinitely worse paid job as an author. Basically, he was not one of those … Continue reading

Time. It’s only time.

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I have some bright, intelligent men as brothers. And they may read this, so I won’t go into their foibles here. Well, not all of them. I am the youngest of four brothers. And I am inordinately lucky with my choice of family, since authors don’t always have smooth and easy lives. Having brothers who … Continue reading

Questions to the Author: Samantha Norman

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An Interview with Samantha Norman For most people, writing a book is hugely daunting. The idea of sitting down and typing every day for months is not something to inspire people. However, for Samantha Norman it was probably harder when she chose to write her first novel, “Winter Siege”, because this was a book started … Continue reading

Getting back into the Rhythm

South Tawton church looming over the village!

This year has been particularly hard so far. We’ve already lost one lovely lady, Shelagh Palmer, and last week we helped celebrate the life of Roger Paul. Both great friends, and both will be hugely missed. Still, life has to go on. I was struck yesterday by a blog post by Harry Bingham. It makes … Continue reading