Halfway through the ten year plan…

Posted on May 17, 2020

My game plan, as a writer, was to get the first three novels out in the first two years (done!), and have book 4 ready to go this year with books 5 and 6 not far behind (one’s a prequel, and the other is one of my sci-fi stories but still in the same u …

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The two of them had no option but closeness…

Posted on January 17, 2019

By Restoring the Light, Vel and Jez have been solidly thrown together and while they both complain about everything, you know they both kind of enjoy it. When you picture these two huddled damply together on a bit of tarpaulin getting wetter and crosse …

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Melor’s Tale – a FREE short story

Posted on January 3, 2019

Melor had given the inn boy a coin to stop his sheep getting out. He’d said nothing about stopping anything getting in… The tale of the day a sheep farmer found a dying woman, and made a life-changing decision. Download the PDF below: Melors Tale A P …

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‘Normal people don’t do that.’

Posted on December 20, 2018

Jez running in fear of Renia’s ability is a response Renia’s used to. While it may seem extreme and close-minded to us, these people are living in a future plagued by memories of The Catastrophe – and it is truly a memory, not just a piece of history. …

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‘The fairies are here’

Posted on December 1, 2018

  When Renia developed childhood epilepsy, she had no inkling of the way it was going to change her life. She wasn’t seeing fairies: she was seeing Fate. One in five of us in the UK is thought to live with some form of disability, and less than ha …

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Location, location, location… did I happen to mention it matters?

Posted on April 2, 2018

I managed to timetable a research trip with a family holiday a couple of years ago. (Luckily: I think the accountant would have raised both eyebrows if I’d tried to put it through the books, and it would have given me sleepless nights to try it anyway. …

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Why writers have to talk to their characters

Posted on January 5, 2018

(Honestly, this is not just a way to justify why I spend so much time talking to myself.) It’s important that key characters in any story can throw the reader the occasional curve ball. It’s vital is that you, the writer, were expecting that curve ball …

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All those strange words in italics: the Ilmaen Quartet dictionary, part 2

Posted on November 5, 2017

The key to understanding the languages of the Ilmaen Quartet is understanding which populations have gone, and which survived. Most nations had organised the migration of their people into cities as the most effective and efficient way to meet everyone …

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All those strange words in italics: the Ilmaen Quartet dictionary, part 1

Posted on October 30, 2017

I find there’s a magic to other languages, especially those that are currently used, but alien to most western ears and so little spoken outside their own countries. Traditionally (thanks JK Rowling, Maggie Steifvater, Terry Pratchett et al.) the alter …

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eBook compiler versus Helen: the score is eBook compiler 2, Helen 0

Posted on October 21, 2017

I may have lost this battle, but the war’s not over. You WILL have your maps! Dear Kindle/Kobo/Nook readers, Apologies, there are no maps in the ebook version of Playing a Dark Game. After a week fighting the compiler, I’ve decided that managed retreat …

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