It’s Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday and we’re celebrating!

Happy birthday, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! It's not every day that the creator of Sherlock Holmes has a birthday. To celebrate, the ebook of A House Of Mirrors is on offer for 99c/99p. It won't last long, though, so if you'd like a copy, snap one up! Elementary (sorry). As ever, the book is also free to …

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The Monster Under The Bed

So Camp NaNoWriMo is over for another year. I achieved my modest target of 25,000 words on April 25 (how apt!), finishing Something Blue the next day with just over 28,000 words. Here's the graph: I was aiming for between 25 and 30K, so I'll take that. Once I got started, the writing was fairly easy, …

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JanuWriMo and FebuWriMore: a progress report

OK, I invented FebuWriMore, but anyway... I'm not blogging as frequently, due to an increase of STUFF to do, so it was only when checking the last few posts today that I realised I hadn't actually written an end-of-January post. Maybe I did it in my head! The image at the top of the post …

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New year, new book…

Hello there! Good grief, it's been a long time since the last post. I can't believe we're over halfway through January already. Then again, that's what happens when you undertake to write 50,000 words in a month... Today's post is, basically, a quick progress report. I have two coldy kids on the sofa and a …

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It’s that new year post again

2016 was quite a year. Stranger than fiction in many ways - I feel for dystopian fiction authors and satirists, since they must be wondering where they can go next. However, this particular blog post (the third of its kind, I'm surprised to see) is a review of my writing and other progress in 2016, and …

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January sale! A House Of Mirrors Kindle Countdown Deal!

First things first - Happy New Year! Here's to a great 2017 for all of us. 2016 was a nice year for me personally, but rubbish in terms of politics and also in losing so many cultural icons. So to celebrate the demise of 2016, my latest book and first full-length novel, A House Of Mirrors, is …

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The Case of the Bechdel Test: women and Sherlock Holmes

This is a blog post I've been meaning to write for a while. I haven't exactly been avoiding it. It's more that, well, I had a book on Kindle Scout, and then there was NaNoWriMo to do, and a book to launch, etc etc... Anyway, a couple of days ago I was reposting a blog …

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Sneak preview! Chapter 1 of A House Of Mirrors

Ever wondered what Mrs Hudson's first meeting with Sherlock Holmes was like? Here's my version...hope you enjoy it! NB While what's below is in web format, the book is formatted with indented paragraphs and no spaces between 😉 CHAPTER 1 221B Baker Street, 4th January 1881 When would he come? I checked my watch for …

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It’s A House Of Mirrors launch day!

I'm very proud to say that my first novel, A House Of Mirrors, is available to buy as an ebook on Amazon, and free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers! I'm planning to get the paperback out before Christmas, too 😉 It feels like a very long journey from November 1, 2015, when I sat down at the computer …

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Made it! #NaNoWriMo 2016

Yes! Over the line! There is nothing like the wonderful feeling of relief when you paste your words into the little box, click 'Validate', and the little trophy pops up. NaNoWriMo is complete! This time I was actually in the process of writing the last chapter. As usual, I was doing a 25-minute pomodoro, which …

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