Herstmonceaux

Couldn't pick a much better location!

There are some festivals I have been over the years where, to be fair, the gig doesn’t live up to expectation. Most are great fun, don’t get me wrong. And for any author, it is wonderful to be let off the leash now and again, to go and drink with friends and chat about mutual interests, … Continue reading

Holidays!

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It is very hard to write when it is school holidays. Children on holiday have an ability to make noise and disrupt thought processes much more than children at other times of the year. It is particularly unpleasant to be attempting to live to the 5:2 diet when sadistic teenaged girls insist on wafting lemon … Continue reading

New Moves!

The office today!

I’ve been having a lot of fun recently and it’s getting better. Some of you will have occasionally sprinted over to writerlywitterings on YouTube and seen some of my videos on my books and on writing. Not yet? Go and check it out. The videos seem to have interested a lot of people, and because of … Continue reading

WINTER SIEGE by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

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WINTER SIEGE Published by Transworld Books, ISBN 978 0 857 50147 9 It is not often that I have time to try out a new writer. I don’t have enough time to read, apart from anything else. I’m still trying to catch up with Karen Maitland’s books, with Susanna Gregory’s, with the latest Paul Doherty’s … Continue reading

Spam – how do you recognise it?

First, many thanks for all the comments yesterday about my losing a reader. I am very glad to say that the guy is not only very sensible, he’s a deeply honourable fellow as well. I exchanged a series of messages with him during the day yesterday, and he’s changed his mind. He hadn’t seen the comments … 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

Quick Tips: Goals

I keep having people ask how I work: how do I get my ideas down on paper? How do I write so quickly? Well, I work one hour at a time. In 50 minutes I can type 1,000 words, and that is most of a scene, usually. Then I’ll take a ten minute break, during which I … Continue reading

Train, planes and … Well, just trains, really.

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I am not good with trains. A few months ago I went visit some excellent friends near Windsor, and then on to stay at the house of some other friends. I had a great evening. Too great, really. Spike drove me into the station the next morning, and the rush hour was not good. When … Continue reading

Toronto – Bloody Words 2014

Toronto at night

I really have been inordinately lucky this year. One thing I always wanted to do, when I was young, was to take every opportunity to travel. I was hugely fortunate because my father took us to Austria, Italy and even Kenya. I saw a lot of the world when I was a teenager. Later I … Continue reading

Tripping again!

My last trip to Canada - It's a long way down from the CN Tower!

Here in Britain, we have a new education leader who has been excoriated in the media and by teachers since he took his job. His name? Michael Gove. Mr Gove is a man who invariably causes fury. He has stopped increasing funding for schools and colleges, he has cut budgets all over, he has presided … Continue reading