Rockpools editing begins

December fourth and my latest manuscript is back from editing over in the States. The story is set in America and it needed to be Americanized. This is always a nervous moment though, as it’s the first time a professionally disinterested person has a chance to...

Title iterations

How do you make a book cover? Get a pretty picture, stick the title over the top. Job done, right? That’s what I thought anyway, but (once again, in the exciting world of being a self published author) I was wrong. That one image has to do so much. It has to...

The real adventurer in the family

Alba (daughter) and I took a little time out this week to visit my brother. His Windsurf Round Europe expedition saw him arrive in Dieppe, just across the English Channel from the UK. I regularly find myself trying to explain what he’s actually doing, but usually...

Back to work

It’s that time of year that children dread and parents dream of… The end of the summer holidays! I’ve taken an enforced break from writing over the summer which was a bit frustrating because I got so close to the end of book 3 before the holidays started, and now I’ve...

Where do stories come from?

Where do stories come from? Something happened last weekend to get me thinking about that. I was on a visit home, to where I grew up, on the East coast of England. My brother was there as well, and we decided to do something to help him with the training of his next...

One cool moment

Yesterday I got to experience a rather special moment. I finally got to hold in my hands my own book. An actual physical book that I’d written. In many ways this was a moment I’d dreamed about for years. I think it deserves a little blogpost… I did wonder if it...

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