That next book – to plan or not to plan?

There’s no doubt having a clear plan for your novel can help. However, do you have to have everything down in detail before you start writing?

The appeal of magic in writing

I’ve read science fiction from an early age and always been enthralled by its possibilities.  Even if man can’t visit the stars in person just yet (someday I’m sure we will) we can go there […]

That very last (honest, I mean it) revision – what I look for

I’ve been doing  a lot of revision recently.  On top of finalising the second and third books for Inspector Kirby I am also revisiting my first book, for which I’ve had books two and three […]

Who and what has influenced me as a writer?

I was asked what influenced me as writer recently.  At first I thought it was an easy thing to answer.  I’ve said before that Arthur C Clarke’s Childhood’s End is what got me hooked on […]

What’s wrong with a nice story?

The prompt for this post was a film I watched recently, Salmon fishing is the Yemen.  I knew it had good crits and it’d been on my “to see” list for a long time.  From […]