Book Review: Diana Christmas – F. R. Jameson

I'll be honest, I've been caught up with other work and haven't written as much about plots as I would have liked - so the promised post will now appear next week. Instead, well, I was thrilled this morning to find a lovely review of DIANA CHRISTMAS by Rebecca (fantasyst95) over at her ReviewsFeed blog.…

Introducing… Eden St. Michel

Exciting times! I've said since the publication of DIANA CHRISTMAS, that my next novel will be the second in the 'Screen Siren Noir' series and will be called EDEN ST. MICHEL. Well, that day is getting closer. Not only do I now have the fantastic cover above, but the book is also available for pre-order on…

Thinking about Plots – part 1

I’m going to start talking about plots by quoting an incredibly smug man who makes the seemingly proud boast that he has only ever read one book. (An article I read the other day said that President Trump is only thought to have read three pieces of fiction. And you really don’t want to be…

Succubus Dreams by Richelle Mead

Even though I’ll easily go a year without reading books in this series, I really enjoy Richelle Mead’s Succubus novels. Heading back to Seattle to hang out with Georgina Kincaid, succubus supreme, is something I look forward to and which – if I’m honest – I feel like I’ve delayed far too long. In some…

Hollywood & Crime

Inspiration can come from funny places. It can be from reading a newspaper article, or hearing a song on the radio, or simply seeing the way people act with each other on the train in the morning. If you’re attuned to it, inspiration can strike from anywhere. Or alternatively, you can just seek out things…

Me, Writing Series, in 2018

I’m taking a break from writing about ideas this week, to give an update on where I am with my own writing. The short answer is: really busy. Really, really busy. So busy I fear, in worried thoughts in the early hours of the morning, that I may have taken on too much. But still…

Licence Renewed by John Gardner

Once upon a time there used to be a bookshop on Charing Cross Road which focused solely on crime fiction. Going through its doors and seeing its crammed to the ceiling shelves and smelling its slightly musty smell was like entering an Aladdin’s Cave for bibliophiles. There you could find hundreds, if not thousands, of…

Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence

Along with Z FOR ZACHARIAH, this was one of my wife’s favourite books from childhood. A book she loved so much in the school library, that lived so alive in her imagination, she sought it out as an adult and devoured it hungrily again. I can only say that the fact they’re both post-nuclear apocalypse…

Turning Ideas into Books – part 4

“But what happens if I just end up with a series of disconnected chapters?” I hear you ask. And that danger does exist, I won’t lie to you. Particularly if you’re only writing every couple of days or so, if you’re just dipping into it and then dipping out of it when the whim takes…