Sean O’Callaghan – RIP

It was about twenty years ago that I attended a meeting of the Crime Writers’ Association in a rather run-down little club in West London. At the time I had published, I think, five novels. My main stories were the Templar series, based on a renegade Templar who escapes after the destruction of his Order, … Continue reading

Distraction Free Writing

I have to be quick with this. I only have fifteen minutes. Okay, for the last few days I’ve had a busy time of it. I’ve a friend who’s become ill at an inconvenient time for him. He has a job, you see: periodically he is asked by a local railway to help them by … Continue reading

The Prophecy Of Death by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel:
1325, and England is not the safest place to be. Edward II’s hold on the throne, and, in particular, his territories in France, is weakening and Sir Hugh Despenser, the power behind the throne, is becoming increasingly desperate. Edward turns towards a prophecy that just…

Writing Methods

Many years ago I remember chatting with David Hewson about writing tools. Indeed, it was David who persuaded me that it would be a good idea for me to ditch Word and instead start to write using Scrivener. I have never regretted that move. However other approaches always fascinate me. David at the time told … Continue reading

“Vintener is Coming” – Fields of Glory review

Originally posted on Air and Sea Stories:
When historical novelist Jemahl Evans recommended Michael Jecks’ Fields of Glory, the first in his Hundred Years War series, I knew there was a good chance I was in for a decent read. Moreover, having just launched a mediaeval novel myself (An Argument of Blood, co-written with J.A.…

A Friend’s New Book…

The trials of trying to get a new book published do not grow easier, sadly. This is an article by a friend of mine about her latest book … and the things that can go wrong! ALL YOUR SECRETS I have a new book out. It’s a thriller: ALL YOUR SECRETS. Much like my other … Continue reading

The New Project

I’ve been asked how my handwritten novel project was going… Well, not that well until now! The fact is, people get used to specific ways of working, I think. I decided to try writing a novel by hand because I felt it would allow me more freedom to work in different places, would give me … Continue reading

Day of Rage? But Rage At What?

Head over parapet time. There was a lot of comment after the appalling fire at Grenfell about not “politicising” the tragedy. It should not have been used as a vehicle to advance a political agenda – but of course it was, within hours – shamefully. The media is very keen, especially the sections devoted to … Continue reading

A Murder Too Soon

I had a great time on Saturday. It is, I have to admit, a pain to have to work over weekends. It’s not as if, being self-employed, I can take time in lieu or win back spare time with the family, but going out and meeting people at events is enormous fun, and when there … Continue reading