Why my next library talk will NOT involve an overhead projector

One evening last week, while sensible people headed outside to enjoy the unseasonal British heat, I arrived at a community library to deliver a talk about my debut novel BLIND SIDE. For some reason I’d decided it would be worthwhile to give this talk in conjunction with a PowerPoint presentation, though I’d delivered it au … More Why my next library talk will NOT involve an overhead projector

#BlogTour #BookReview #SeasOfSnow by @zinca #paperback #launch @unbounders

For my sins I have the Friday the 13th (morning) slot of the Seas Of Snow blog tour, which celebrates the paperback release of the debut novel by Kerensa Jennings. So here’s my review of this startling, beautifully written and hard-to-categorise novel. This review was first on my blog on 18 April 2017. In the interests … More #BlogTour #BookReview #SeasOfSnow by @zinca #paperback #launch @unbounders

Garden Palace: Turning historical mystery into urban fantasy via @PatriciaLeslieA

Today’s guest author, Patricia Leslie, was inspired by an unsolved real-life mystery – the origin of the huge fire which destroyed an impressive and important building in 19th century Sydney, Australia. Here’s the intriguing story of how Ms Leslie’s second novel Keeper of the Way (Crossing The Line, book one) came into being. It’s due … More Garden Palace: Turning historical mystery into urban fantasy via @PatriciaLeslieA

#Guest Post by Maggie Ritchie: Researching historical novels set in Paris and Africa @MallonRitchie

Today I welcome award-winning author and journalist Maggie Ritchie to my blog. Ms Ritchie reveals what she did to research her two novels, from checking out galleries and pavement cafes in Paris – hard work indeed! – to studying witch doctors.  Research is one of the great joys of writing an historical novel. When I wrote my … More #Guest Post by Maggie Ritchie: Researching historical novels set in Paris and Africa @MallonRitchie

News and Plans for 2018

This post is a little later than I intended owing to being away over Christmas, domestic interruptions (fridge delivery, Virgin cutting off our internet), other things needing attention (tax return) and time-management issues. Writing news In 2017 I started submitting short stories to competitions and devoted regular mornings to writing (and editing) them. Earlier this … More News and Plans for 2018