Three reasons why it’s a good thing if your first book goes nowhere

So, long time, no see. I've been neglectful of my blog. But not neglectful of the writing. I've been busy writing my second novel, Witness, a standalone domestic crime thriller. And while I've been beavering away at that, I've actually been appreciating the fact that Between The Lines hasn't been a runaway success (or any … Continue reading Three reasons why it’s a good thing if your first book goes nowhere

Inspirational truths… reality is stranger than fiction

Another way that us inspirational-surroundings-deficient writers can find ideas is from reading current and old media stories. The old adage that the truth is often way weirder than even the most hardcore fiction writer can think of holds true. There is some very whacky stuff out there - just think about Peter Madsen who murdered … Continue reading Inspirational truths… reality is stranger than fiction

Inspirational Questions

So, in the absence of spectacular Maine scenery, where can we find inspiration? Just lately, I've found myself using 'what if' questions as the starting place for much bigger ideas. My next Vida and Slater novel is going to start from one of these 'what if' questions. While we were in Maine, we went on … Continue reading Inspirational Questions

Things an aspiring writer learns at a crime festival

I’m at my second crime festival in the space of two weeks – firstly, Noirwich, and now at the other end of the country in Morecambe and Vice. I might have mentioned before that, as a reader, I love these things.  I love the fact we live at a time when writers, those poor souls, … Continue reading Things an aspiring writer learns at a crime festival

One step in the future

Yesterday I worked my last full-time day as a teacher.  From September, I'll be part-time.  I love teaching.  There's so much I love about it: sharing my love of reading and writing; working with amazing colleagues and often even more amazing students; planning schemes of work designed to educate and illuminate and entertain; and building … Continue reading One step in the future