With the final dissertation completed and submitted, I can now relax and get on with writing the third Louise Miller book, CUT AND SHUT.
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Following on from the exciting cover reveal, I am still buzzing with excitement from all the messages of support I was lucky to receive.
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Friday, March 4, 2022
I'm very lucky to be fully vaccinated and boosted, so if I was ever going to get the virus, now is probably the best time to do so, as the effects should be a lot less severe than if I hadn't had the shots.
It's now Friday as I finish this short post - keeping focus is tricky at the moment, even for something less than a thousand words in length - and I've now got three positive tests. Obviously I took time off work and hopefully things get back to normal soon: I hate sleeping on the sofa and even worse; I can't taste anything. Even worse on top of that, I can't focus long enough to do any writing, so I really want this to end sooner rather than later.
So please, if you haven't already, get your vaccines; I'd hate to think what this would be like if I hadn't. And please, still wear a mask where you can - I didn't at work and that's obviously where I caught it from. I won't be making that mistake again when I return.
Sunday, February 20, 2022
I was going to write today about the realities of being a writer (managing expectations, juggling workloads and the sometimes unsavory necessity of getting a day job) but, ironically, reality got in the way once again and time was sucked from me. Rather than not post anything, I figured I'd upload the essay I recently wrote for my creative writing degree regarding a potential future for the traditional publishing model.
Sunday, February 6, 2022
So let me try and convince you - and by you, I mean me - that I'll change. That I'll start writing more, and posting regularly.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Without burying the lead, I signed a three book deal with the fantastic Rebecca Collins and Adrian Hobart who make up Hobeck Books. The first of the Louise Miller novels, Dirty Little Secret, will be published in May 2022 with the second in the series, From Sorrow's Hold, released later in 2022.
Saturday, January 1, 2022
I was initially nervous after making the decision to take Poetry. I have never read poetry and till this point, had little time to waste deciphering the author’s intent, and quite what she meant by “the heart beats at morning breeze.” I had already convinced myself that this would be a dry class, one that I would probably lose interest in very quickly. I was also scared that it was beyond my reach, that I wasn’t intellectually strong enough to tackle the subject.
But I couldn’t have been more wrong – on all counts.
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Wow. Well we all thought 2020 was kick in the nuts, right? What about that 2021 then? That son of a bitch saw 2020 and said "Hold my beer!" Covid, Brexit, effects of climate change, supply chain issues, a dumb ass for a Prime Minister who makes Trump look almost competent, and now this grinch of a variation coming along to cancel Christmas like a second rate GoBot...
Let's take a look back at the year, the books I've read, the shows I've devoured and the trials and tribulations I've endured as a freshling crime fiction author trying to find a home for my books.
Sunday, December 5, 2021
It has now happened with each of the three novels I've written, an occurrence so regular that this has now become part of my writing process, however frustrating it may be. The outline done, I get into my 6 pages a day routine, chugging along quite nicely, the story going where its supposed to, I'm happy as Larry and then BLAM! Major roadblock.
The story doesn't feel right; the characters sound wooden and hollow and I don't feel like the book is saying anything important. What follows next are days of stress, turmoil and serious self-doubt. What the fuck am I doing?
Sunday, November 21, 2021
The golden dream of writing a bestselling novel that sells millions of copies, or a screenplay that lands with a multi-million payday, hangs in front of most writers when they first begin to put pen to paper. At least the honest ones.
As they tap away at the keyboard, they dream big, and why shouldn’t they? It is human nature to dream of becoming financially-free, of buying that glorious house or vacation home in the Caribbean and taking care of family, friends and parents that have supported the fledgling writer through all the first draft nightmares and daily worries that being a writer brings.
Friday, November 12, 2021
And that is a dangerous time of potential derailment, one that needs to be managed and controlled.
But how does the creative writer manage that, without losing all those wondrous new ideas in the process?
Here are my best top 3 tips that will help you maintain your creative focus, another piece of writing I did during my second year Creative Writing degree.
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
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Sunday, October 17, 2021
Over the next few weeks I'm going to be posting some articles and posts I wrote as part of my 2nd years creative writing degree which explores this topic from a variety of angles, starting with today's post specifically about the writers process.
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