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2017 – the best of times and the worst of times… (a minimalist’s version)

Another year bites the dust, and like most years, 2017 had its ups and downs. Here are a few of mine: Best decision – turning some of my old magazine stories into a charity anthology for a year. All profits made … Continue reading

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Change of direction…

Think of a road, a straight one, like the ones in films, with one lonely car crossing the desert… Your way is clear for miles ahead. Life isn’t like that – we can turn corners and take the road less … Continue reading

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Black and white…

I can remember – just – when my parents had a black and white television. I remember my father’s old camera, too, with its black and white photos, most of which are unfortunately now lost. At some point, a new … Continue reading

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Spooky old house revisited…

Back in the nineties, I spent a week with a friend who had just moved to Biddenham. It’s a good area for a visit from Switzerland – Bedford just a hop down the road, and Cambridge and London less than … Continue reading

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Buster & Moo: Everything in its place

One day a few years ago, I was searching around on Twitter and came across Geoff Le Pard. His then-new book title was attention-grabbing: Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle. After a brief Twitter-chat, I went to look at his blog, … Continue reading

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How much romance do you need in your thriller?

A thrilling romance… or a romantic thriller??? Romance in a thriller can be problematic, as I found out when I was writing Ward Zero, and my editor advised me to change the sex of one of my main characters… A … Continue reading

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2016 – the best of times and the worst of times… (a minimalist’s version)

The death of David Bowie on January 10th was a shock to many people, including me, and 2016 did seem to provide us with more than usual ‘famous deaths’. It’s been a big year in politics, too. But here’s my … Continue reading

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Numbers, and £££, and an auction…

Writers work with words. That’s a fact, but numbers play a part too. Not only do we have sales figures and the dreaded Amazon rankings to contend with, we have to think about price and profit and tax returns and … Continue reading

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Barb Taub: Signs (and books and things…)

Barb Taub is an American writer living in Glasgow. She and I “met” on Twitter a year or two ago, and last autumn, when I was having a week in Scotland, we met in real life. In the middle of … Continue reading

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Recycling…

One of the best parts about being a writer is the friendship and support we get from other writers. When things are going well, we can pat each other’s backs and cheer; when they aren’t, it makes a big difference … Continue reading

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