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 […]

Meet Inspector Kirby

Inspector Kirby, Jonah to his friends and ‘old school’ to his junior colleagues, wandered out of the cottage.  He crossed the road and headed down the lane, with thorny hedge rows either side, that led […]

Writing – location, location, location

Recently I’ve been completing my latest project, working title:  Inspector Kirby and Harold Longcoat, a Northumbrian mystery.  The comments from beta readers are good and although there are a couple more to feedback I’ve sent […]

The fantasy fiction chicken and egg question?

In the UK there have been an interesting series of programs (on the BBC) by Andrew Marr looking in-depth at why we love reading fiction.  The first program concerned the genre of detective stories and the […]

Gardening, yes gardening, can be good for writers

Living in the UK I think I’m lucky to have the benefit of such notably different seasons.  And yes, I admit when it comes to the end of February I can feel a bit miserable […]