Books read

What I Read in June

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I’ve been getting lazy about reading lately, what with one thing and another. Up until the year before last, I was regularly reading at least 70 or 80 (sometimes even 90) books a year. But last year it dropped, for no good reason, and the start of this year has also been pretty dismal (although […]

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Quotes and Stuff

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I’m not sure I’ll ever really get over what a weird roller-coaster ride having a book published is. You and your publishers do your damnedest to make it the best thing you possibly can, but once it’s out in the world, no-one really has any idea what’s going to happen. It’s wise to remember the […]

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Right. Where was I?

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Well, apologies for that unscheduled break in transmission. There are Reasons, which I’m not going to bore you with quite yet – although it’s quite possible that I will choose to bore you with them at some point in the future. However, in the immortal words of Take That, I am now Back For Good. […]

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Sequels Galore!

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As I’ve already mentioned, A QUESTION OF TRUST, Book Two in the Mathematical Mystery series, is coming out in April. Obviously I’m excited about this, because the thrill of getting a book published never wears off. But I’m particularly excited because, as the second book in a series, it gets a cover that matches the […]

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A Question of Trust Gets a Cover

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The problem with having goals is that they’re constantly changing. When you start off as a writer, your first target tends to be something like “get a short story published somewhere”, and then once that’s out of the way, you move on to “get a short story published somewhere nice.” And when that’s ticked off […]

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Schrödinger’s Book

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Shortly before the Christmas break, I delivered the manuscript of A QUESTION OF TRUST, otherwise known as Book Two in the Mathematical Mysteries Series, to my editor at Farrago. Put like that, it doesn’t sound terribly scary. However, what you need to know is that the seventy-odd thousand words in that manuscript hadn’t previously been […]

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So Farewell Then, 2018

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Well, that was an interesting year, no question about it. I began 2018 fully expecting the sole highlight to be the publication of my second book of short stories, DIP FLASH. However, all that changed in February when, following a whirlwind exchange of manuscript and contract, I signed a deal with Farrago for the publication […]

Interviews

Interview with Jo Derrick

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Contrary to what you may have thought, this blog is still alive and well – if a little quiet of late owing to the small matter of finishing off the follow up to THE TRUTH ABOUT ARCHIE AND PYE. I’ll have much, much more to say about that in due course, but today I’m very […]

Other people

This is (Not About) David Bowie by F J Morris

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This is not a review about David Bowie. Rather, it’s a review of F J Morris’s new book “This is (Not About) David Bowie” from Retreat West Books. Or is it? Let’s see where this goes. Writing about David Bowie is always a tricky thing to do because you first need to decide which David […]

Launches

Archie and Pye get Launched

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THE TRUTH ABOUT ARCHIE AND PYE was officially launched last night at Cheddar Library and a very good time was had by all. At least, it seemed to be – I spent most of the evening in a bit of a sensory blur. For someone who is (albeit self-diagnosed, but increasingly convinced of it as […]