Ever wondered what the writer in your life wants from you? Here’s a handy guide. … More What writers want.
I slammed the door behind me as I walked into the house. “Don’t slam that bloody door,” my mother shouted. I slumped on the settee and noticed Tim sat there. “Alright, Tim?” “I’m ok, what’s the matter with your face?” “We’ve been trying to earn money all day to go and see Elvis Costello and … More Leg It (Part seven)
Elvis pedalled up to the front of the tower block and freewheeled to the foot of the stairs. He never took the lift. The smell of urine was even more overpowering than it was in the stairwell and along with cycling to work, taking the stairs was his only sacrifice to fitness. He placed the … More Leg It (Part Two)
Even at the age of ten I took great delight in kicking Emlyn Hughes in the face. One look at his features, mutated after my Father had taken a hot knife to his eye socket was all it took. The chirpy, footballer turned personality, however, still grinned insanely through his deformity. The field behind my … More Leg It (Part One)
I’ve been toying with the idea of serialising Leg It for some time and I’ve decided to give it a go. I’m going to release approximately 1,000 words every Monday and allow people to read it for free. The book is approximately 83,000 words so it will of course take some time to read the … More There’s no such thing as a free book …
Some years ago I wrote about the editing process for Leg It and how I expected to edit Idle Threats. Now that I have finished my third novel, Counterbalance, it is probably time to revisit the process and see if anything has changed. As always, this is how I chose to do it. It isn’t … More Did I make the cut? My guide to editing.
I mentioned a couple of days ago that I will be appearing at the Sunderland Literature and Creative Writing Festival. Today I was lucky enough to get invited along to the official launch photoshoot alongside fellow authors Sheila Quigley, Holly Sterling and Iain Rowan. As all of my previous ‘official’ photos were taken either in … More Getting my face in the paper.
Very pleased to officially announce my involvement in the Sunderland Literature and Creative Writing Festival 2016. I shall be making three appearances. The first two are talks about my books and where I get my inspiration. Monday 3rd October 3-4pm National Glass Centre. Monday 17th October 2-3pm Shiney Row Library. The final appearance will be … More Sunderland Literature and Creative Writing Festival 2016
In the final instalment of my Metro etiquette guide we’ll be looking at some of the things that are most likely to get you strung up by your fellow passengers. Entertainment I think it should be clear by now that the absolute last thing you should be doing whilst on The Metro is talking to … More Singing, soiling and exit strategies. My final guide to Metro etiquette.