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The Roots of the Tree is now in stock in the world-famous bookshop, Blackwell’s of ...
It was the hottest day of the year and I had, unwisely it turns out, ...
Yes, apparently it’s a fact. The normal rules of time do not apply to the ...
The Roots of the Tree is now in stock in the world-famous bookshop, Blackwell’s of Oxford. Thank you Blackwell’s for giving an unknown local author a chance. When you decide to do something in this life, if it’s something worthwhile for you and something that you really want to do, you don’t think about how […]
It was the hottest day of the year and I had, unwisely it turns out, elected to let ‘the train take the strain’ – or not as the case may be. Of course, I didn’t know it was going to be the hottest day of the year when I booked my ticket to Manchester. My […]
Yes, apparently it’s a fact. The normal rules of time do not apply to the 21st Century teenager. Time marches on; time does not stand still; it is the one thing that none of us can escape, no matter how hard we try – unless we have a time machine hidden in the cupboard of […]
We’ve all been there, but I really can’t remember what it felt like to be so sure I was right about everything and the rest of the world was wrong. The latest example of this phenomenon of the teenage mind happened a couple of evenings ago during dinner at home. I had cooked, as usual […]
I can’t tell you how exciting the moment is when you pick up the first, printed and bound copy of your debut novel. I’ve been in the world of printed media, ie magazine publishing, for all of my working life, some 25 years and I am quite used to seeing my work – my writing […]
Life at the moment is like the proverbial London buses – you wait for ages for one to turn up and then three arrive at once. In the last week not only have I picked up two new clients but things have also started to happen with existing projects. Firstly, one of my existing magazines […]
It’s been a long time since I’ve had to tackle the roads during rush hour – mostly I arrange meetings for times that enable me to leave earlier or later. However, on Monday, I had to travel from Oxford to Kent to press pass a magazine. What a nightmare! Not very original, moaning about the […]
I think this one could run and run! I’m beginning to think it’s impossible – unless you happen to be a teenager, that is! I remember when my oldest son (now aged 15) was born. I was on my own in the delivery suite with him. The midwife had gone to find me a bed […]
One of the most valuable pieces of advice I was given years ago when first starting out in my career was never to close doors – of course I mean this figuratively rather than literally. So, never say never, always leave people and projects on good terms, always pay what you owe, always deal with […]
Being a writer is a very solitary occupation, but often the human brain is at its best when stimulated by others. As I’ve said before, I’m no scientist, so don’t expect me to come up with technical reasons why this should be so. As a writer, I spend days, just me, in front of a […]