I’m not kidding; sometimes I wish I’d been a plumber. Endless work, a predictable and reasonable wage, instant reward for effort expended: the laws of the universe unfolding harmoniously on a daily basis. It’s not like that with writing. Apart from the endless work, obviously. Last count, I’ve written fourteen novels. I think half of […]Read More *switches brain off*
A year has passed since setting down the opening lines of a new work; the windblown seeds of which first drifted into my consciousness more than twenty years ago. At the time, I’d fasted for four days and nights in a grove of moss-cloaked, lichen-fronded oaks, nestled in the hills overlooking Barmouth, North Wales. The […]Read More GALLASHAN
I need to set this up first, otherwise shooting myself in the foot, which I plan to do in a minute, isn’t going to work. When a writer needs to explain something about their work, whether before or after publication, it’s as though they’re intimating that the work is incomplete. In groups I’ve run and […]Read More For the record – how the Black Dawn became a series
Some weeks ago, I began a new novel, the details of which I posted here. Then I disappeared. Novelists do that. This is me reappearing and saying, “Tada!” because the first draft is complete. Having shown my agent the six-page outline in August, I felt confident to get on with the writing. I went at […]Read More The End = The Beginning. (Maybe.) 🙂
While you’re waiting for me to finish my next novel, you can read two dark stories set in the south-west of America. If you’re a Goodreads person, it’s ready to add to your shelves. If you’d like to buy direct from Black Shuck Books, go here. Or, if you prefer those other folk, who keep […]Read More Tales of New Mexico – on sale now
It’ll be several months before there’s much more I can really tell you about this, however, I thought I ought to let you know you that I am writing a new novel. So, if I seem a little distant or otherwise preoccupied, it’s because I am spending almost every hour of the day living in […]Read More A new book in the pipeline?
I’m delighted to see this novel make it into print after such a long time. We wouldn’t have planned it this way but steep learning curves aren’t such a bad thing. Besides, getting everything wrong is a defining clown trait and we’re proud to posses it in spades. What underpins this post, though, on the […]Read More How to make a real book. (Hint: don’t ever do it this way.)