Call centre inspiration for author’s new novel.

Call centre inspiration for author’s new novel. An author has used Sunderland call centres as the inspiration behind his fourth novel. Alan Parkinson launched Troll Life at Sunderland Museum as part of the Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival in October. Set in Southwick and Doxford Park, it tells the story of an online troll who is … More Call centre inspiration for author’s new novel.

Time to write. (How long does it take to write a novel? Pt 5)

It’s been quite some time since I last gave an update on my editing process. Back in October I was up to 197 hours worth of effort in writing and editing my fourth novel, Troll Life. This week I hit a major milestone when I finally sent copies to my review team for their critiques … More Time to write. (How long does it take to write a novel? Pt 5)

First draft, how to set a word count target and stick to it.

As well as trying to amuse and educate you with my etiquette blogs, I do have other writing priorities such as writing novels. My ‘proper job’ if you like. Novel number three should be out in early July and I’ve been slaving away on number four recently. Today marked one of the major milestones in … More First draft, how to set a word count target and stick to it.

Leg It (Part Four)

The four of us waited in the queue to go in for lunch. Bumper’s mother had made him sandwiches, Elvis and me were going to buy our lunch and Gilbert was on free lunch, Nashy dinners as they were known. As lunchtime approached, Kevin Davison realised that he’d eaten all of his sandwiches and he … More Leg It (Part Four)

Leg It (Part Two)

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)