‘So’ is the biggest word. Finding the ending.

‘So’ is the biggest word. If you write with your ending in mind you should know where your narrative is headed. Though you may decide to change the ending later, you are writing with a destination in mind. Citizen Kane will die and we’ll know what ‘Rosebud’ means. You would not think of telling a…

 

The Ghost on the Highway

Some years ago I played sax and congas in a band called the Sabrejets. We used to carry our kit around in an old blue ambulance that once belonged to the NHS Blood Transfusion Service. We would gig in Teesside or North Yorkshire and drive back to Newcastle, often late at night, the kit stashed…

 

Dropping Your Pants in Public

A friend once said to me ’Creating art is like dropping your pants in public. If you aren’t brave enough to do that, you should do something else.’ He was talking about making music, though the idea applies to writing. In writing fiction your real personality ‘leaks through.’ Writers reveal themselves in their work. When…

 

Engrenages

I’m very glad to see that the sixth series of the French crime drama, Engrenages (Spiral in the UK) is in production. It’s so well written and constructed. A set of sub plots is woven into a mystery which is resolved during the length of the series. The look is distinct, the acting superb. We…

 

Inspiration versus Perspiration

When someone asks me what I do I mumble that I’m a writer. Sometimes the next question is the brain twisting ‘So have you written anything I’ve read?’ But the most common question is ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ My answer is ‘Out of my head.’ But finding ideas when they don’t make a…

 

The Swing

  THE SWING   ‘Where’s Jamie?’ Phil tilted his head, seeking the sound of his son’s footsteps in the empty house. Sue turned to the estate agent, furrowing her brow. ‘He was here a moment ago!’ The agent nodded, peeking at his wristwatch.   Phil hurried from room to room. Each had ghosts – cupboards,…

 

iStory

I’ve just submitted an iStory called The Swing to Narrative magazine. The challenge is to write a complete story which can be read on a phone. The limit is 150 words – an interesting challenge. I find that one of the most enjoyable tasks is editing my work – keeping meaning and sense yet  conveying…

 

The Luxury of Murder

The Luxury of Murder is the second book in the Kitty Lockwood story and is now out on Rudham Books, (ISBN 9780993400308). I’d like to thank Rod and Fiona Veitch Smith for their generous support and hard work in publishing my first book, Cars Just Want to be Rust, on Crafty Publishing. My second book…

 

The Luxury of Murder

The wife of a nightclub owner is attacked by her pool. Kitty Lockwood becomes certain the wrong man is in custody. How far is she prepared to risk her own life to find the real culprit?

 
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