Terry Pratchett

We all learnt this week of the death of Sir Terry Pratchett. I wanted to write a quick post this week discussing what I had taken away from my own reading of Pratchett’s work. My own exposure to Pratchett’s books has so far been through his Discworld novels. Being a complete Christmasphile my favourite Pratchett […]

Wandering Storylines

I’ve been watching Game of Thrones recently. (yes I have been a bit slow on the uptake!) It has got me thinking about storylines and the way we write them in our novels compared to how we used to make up stories in our heads when we were little. Game of thrones and its sudden […]

Harrogate 2014 – #TOPCrime2014

I’m writing this blog post later than I’d hoped as I ended up spending the end the end of July chained to my laptop trying to complete my Camp NaNoWriMo word count. More on that next time! 3 weeks ago I attended Harrogate Crime Writing Festival for the third time. I’ve only just managed to […]

Using a Book as a Tool to Make money

Yesterday I attended an event which was primarily aimed at learning about business and making money. One of the last talks of the day was about how to use a book to this end. It was a completely new slant on the idea of writing a book and publishing it yourself. I preface this by […]

Disappointing our readers

I recently read the last of a series that I’ve been following religiously since the first book came out. (Joseph Delaney’s ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’ series) I love these books and think that Joseph has done a brilliant job with them. I found myself hugely disappointed with the ending, not because I didn’t like the direction […]

Christmas Reading

Since the frantic festive period has eaten so successfully into the time available for me to post this year I wanted to reflect on how I manage to keep my literary interests alive despite the craziness without allowing it to be yet another thing that slips off the radar in December. For me its simply […]

Jigsaws and Bubbles – Dealing with Writers Block

We all suffer from writers block some of the time and we all have our own ways of dealing with it. I thought I’d share some of my own strategies in the hope that they might give you some ideas of your own. Usually, I don’t let writers block stop me writing. I usually set […]