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

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

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

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

Poppies, Remembrance and Reflections.

I mentioned yesterday that my little boy was suffering over an essay he had to write. Well, he was grateful for me sitting down to help him (shortly after helping his big sister with her Compound Interest homeword) and, I’m glad to say that the end result of his labours was good. Mind you, I’m … Continue reading

Editing

It’s sad, but very true, that most people hate editing. I do myself. My son thinks that any form of writing is a scheme designed to torture little boys. He is bright, and his brain is perfectly capable of good work, but the simple fact is, he considers any form of writing to be a major … Continue reading

Belfast with Medieval Murderers

Last week I was enormously lucky to be invited to Northern Ireland to talk to some library audiences. I confess, I have never been to Northern Ireland before purely because the stories of bombings and shootings made it a less than attractive proposition. Still, I remember distinctly my brother telling me that he had met … Continue reading

Starting and Ending

I’m in a bit of a fix just now. I have to write a synopsis for a new book. Not a problem: I’ve written many of them in the past, and this will not take too long. But it did bring me to consider how I tend to do such things. The normal approach with my … Continue reading

The Templar’s Penance

There are times when I put up a video on my YouTube channel and soon get a series of questions that I hadn’t thought of at the time. So, if you want to see the original video, you can find it here – and thanks to Hans van der Boom for his questions. Apologies for not speaking … Continue reading