The Project

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There are some years that start well, others that don’t start so well. This one’s not been good. We always knew that would start badly, though. I lost a very dear friend, Andy Setchell. What with that and my daughter going through the horrors of her mock GCSE exams, YouTube and my blogging activities have … 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

This Week Won’t be Easy

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This week was always going to be a pain. Phew. A short story to write urgently. A book I’m really enjoying writing (modern -day, quite gritty but fun). Then last week I received a copy edit for the next Hundred Years War book, BLOOD ON THE SAND – and that’s going to be a good … Continue reading

Exciting Times!

There is always something happening when you have as many books published as I do. Last week Headline contacted me to let me know about two more little ideas they’ve had. First is a brilliant one, I have to admit. They are putting together THE MICHAEL JECKS COMPENDIUM. This is going to be a collection … Continue reading

Resolution

I'd like to introduce a few of these scammers/spammers to someone like Sir John de Sully or Baldwin de Furnshill!

And a very warm Happy New Year to you all! This year is the twentieth anniversary of the publication of my first book, THE LAST TEMPLAR. The last few years have been hard, as readers of my blog will have noticed. I’ve droned on pretty often about the trials and troubles of being a mid-list … Continue reading

Computers … Tools for the author

How my desk looked yesterday!

Sorry. There should have been a post yesterday. I try to post blogs on Mondays because – well, it’s my routine. However … I was thinking only the other day that I really ought to try using a typewriter again. There is something about the sight of the old keyboard, and the rhythmic rattle of … Continue reading

Collaborative Writing

Chronodex stickers and annual planner at a tidy(er) desk!

It’s a strange thing that nowadays it really is quite hard for a writer to go out on a limb and try something new. Some years ago I was on a panel talking with a friend when a member of the audience asked “Is there a natural end point to a series?” Phil Gooden, with masterful … Continue reading

Reviews on Amazon

I had to put up the last blog repost on Amazon ( here if you’re wondering) by my friend Jack because it just tickled me. I’ve had so many comments on books – it gets hard sometimes to keep a sense of humour. From the first “fan” letter that detailed 21 points of historical inaccuracy (he/she … Continue reading

THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE – Louis Bayard

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ISBN 978 1 84854 234 1 Published by John Murray This is a very difficult book to review. It is filled with suspense like a strong psychological thriller, but it’s also rather historical in feel, and is a crime story in many ways, too. The basic plot is simple enough: in 1914 the former US President, Theodore … Continue reading

Today I Lost a Fan

Roughly what an agent or editor will receive every day as a stack of paper to read. Every day!

This is horrible. This morning I got an email from a guy I’ve known a while now. He said that because I was showing my ‘middle finger’ to all my loyal readers and fans, he was going to stop collecting and reading my books. The reason? Some time ago an author in America called Douglas Preston … Continue reading