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Flying by the Seat of My Pants

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I am in the middle of writing my third novel, the sequel to THE TRUTH ABOUT ARCHIE AND PYE. OK, let’s be honest, I’m about a third of the way into it, and – after a MASSIVE wobble at the start of this week – I think it’s going pretty well. However – and this […]

Dip Flash

Back for a Quick Flash

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Yeah, well. I admit it. I’m a two-timing bastard. I wrote this book of short stories and flash, called DIP FLASH. And people liked it, you know. Here, for example, is Maryom from Our Book Reviews Online: All in all, an interesting set of stories, thought-provoking, funny, and/or scary; good, I’d suggest for watchers of […]

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Vanity and Publishing

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Well. You may have noticed that this place has been a little quiet of late. This isn’t because I haven’t got anything to write about – far from it, because things are really quite exciting at the moment. But the problem is that the fact that things are really quite exciting at the moment is […]

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Unconventional Marketing

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This week I did a brief presentation on Unconventional Marketing at the Bristol branch of the Society of Authors, and I thought I’d share the gist of it with you. I should begin with a disclaimer that I am not an expert in this area. I have, however, had some interesting experiences that may be […]

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A Juggler’s Life

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I published this post yesterday before succumbing to a fit of chronic overthinking (it’s a habit of mine). Anyway, I looked at what I’d written and decided that it sounded less like a totally fascinating description of my complex portfolio of a life and more like an extended whinge. After all, any working mother (to […]

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Ta-Da!

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(Actually, I have rather a lot of Ta-Das to go through today, so please do bear with me.) Ta-Da One! DIP FLASH is published! Yes, it’s here! The short story collection you’ve been waiting for. The one that Joanne Harris described as a ‘remarkable collection – compact, witty, incisive and surreal,’ and David Gaffney described […]

Dip Flash

DIP FLASH Gets a Cover

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I once went to a talk given by the chief book-buyer for WHSmith Travel, where he talked about his process for choosing which books to stock in his shops (the branches of WHSmith you see in railway stations, airports and motorway service stations). First of all he looked at the cover, then at the blurb […]