Never mind Halloween, it’s NaNoWriMo Eve!

What ghastly thing is this, shambling up the path? AAAARGH!!! It's NaNoWriMo!!! Nah, I expect I'll quite enjoy it really. Once I get started. I've just been reading my blog posts about last year's NaNoWriMo, which was my first go (if you want to do the same, just click on the NaNoWriMo tag at the …

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Mwahaha! The Case of the Snow-White Lady is released!

Look, it's nearly Halloween, cut me some slack here! This story wasn't supposed to happen at all. I was planning to write a nice modern mystery, and in preparation I went to an excellent lecture by Kathryn Harkup called 'A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie', part of the Daresbury Laboratory Talking Science series (there's …

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Paperback Writer!

Book post is the very best kind of post - especially when it's proofs of your own paperbacks! It almost makes the agonising over typefaces, spacing, etc etc etc worthwhile. I'm delighted to report that the paperback versions of Bitesize and A Jar Of Thursday are now available on Amazon. I'm also working on an offer for my Etsy …

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Firewords, Thursday and Mirrors, oh my!

It's like buses, you wait for ages and then three come along at once! Firewords Quarterly I'm full of a cold and battling with the paperback edition of A Jar Of Thursday, but I've been cheered today by the arrival of some very fine book post courtesy of Firewords. This is issue 7, Dark/Light, and yes, it …

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#ShortStorySunday: ‘Life To The Full’

So, back in August I entered a local writing competition run by Stockton Heath Writers Group. As I've been concentrating on longer writing, I felt rather rusty - 1200 words seemed to go by in a flash! However, I polished up three stories while I was on holiday and sent them on their way. I …

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I’m in Kindle Scout!

Well, not me as such...but my book is! What's the book about? It's a mystery novel called A House Of Mirrors, and it's a Sherlock Holmes story told by none other than Mrs Hudson - but she isn't the Mrs Hudson you know... This is what it looks like: Here's a short blurb: When her …

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Vennsday: On book formats and buyers

It's been ages since I did a Vennsday post, but I had a moment the other day and hey, why not share it. One of the pieces of advice which I've heard over and over again is that if you self-publish, pretty much all your sales will be ebooks. I took this on board and …

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