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Close Encounters of the Malware Kind, or: How to Kill your Computer…

Tuesday morning started off like any other Tuesday morning here in N.E. Switzerland. By eight o’clock I was at my desk overlooking the woods, sorting through the new emails, deleting the junk ones, saving those that had to be answered. … Continue reading

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Switzerland… a visit to Zürich

Last Wednesday I went to Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland, to meet up with Christa Polkinhorn, a Swiss-American writer who’s over from sunny California for the winter. We went to an extremely lush coffee shop near the river and … Continue reading

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November…

My woods are foggy today, and a family of crows has taken to hanging around cawing just opposite my flat. It’s very atmospheric, especially when you consider the collective term – a murder of crows… I wonder what they’re plotting? … Continue reading

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Pictures and places…

It’s been a long journey, but the best bit about writing The Attic Room was the fact that I could revisit the book locations in my head. I especially enjoyed the Scottish ones – the lovely Isle of Arran on … Continue reading

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The Name Game – or, what (not) to call your characters…

We’ve talked before about the problems people face finding the right name for their children and animals. But for writers, name-finding problems don’t stop there; they carry straight on into the tricky task of finding good names for our characters. … Continue reading

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Location, Location…

Setting is such an important part of every book, and it’s much easier to write about a place if you know the location well. The Paradise Trees takes place in Yorkshire, The Cold Cold Sea in Cornwall. I’ve visited both … Continue reading

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Titles and covers and – new book!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the problems of finding names for one’s children and pets. Once in place, however, christian names at least generally last their owners a lifetime, and as fashions come and go it’s often … Continue reading

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A budgie called Balthasar…

So the new princess is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. A tactful choice that – presumably – pleased everyone in the family. I’m glad they included Diana. It isn’t easy, choosing a name for a new arrival, no matter how many legs … Continue reading

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2014: The best of times and the worst of times…

This time tomorrow 2014 will be a thing of the past. It’s been a busy year for me with, as usual, highs and lows and funny bits and decidedly unfunny bits. Here are a few of my own more memorable … Continue reading

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A wedding, a tour, a tiny mistake and a daily deal…

This October’s been a busy month for me. The first item on the agenda was my niece’s wedding in Troon, on the west coast of Scotland. As everyone knows, Scottish weather can be a bit hit or miss, but the … Continue reading

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