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5 things that make a great story

Posted on December 29, 2016

Like many readers and writers before me, I’ve spent years trying to work out what makes a story truly great. I suspect it’s hellishly more complex than my 5 points below but for me, these are the things that jump out as being essential. So, short and s …

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New characters – some pop out fully formed, some are dragged out kicking and screaming

Posted on November 1, 2016

The image that inspired Renia – art by Susan Martin The first 3 books have characters that I’ve been living with for a very long time, though getting a book print ready does help you to learn a lot more as the final bits fall into place. (Yes, Playing …

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Guildford Book Festival 2016

Posted on October 2, 2016

After sneaking off for a short holiday and skipping Blog duty in September (like you missed me!), this month I wanted to talk about one of around 300 regional book fairs we have in the UK, Guildford Book Festival. It has been running for the last 27 ye …

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Gunslingers wanted! –Sorry, beta readers. I meant beta readers.

Posted on August 19, 2016

I used to work for a software company, and as part of the design process we used to build a product so far, then get our partners to ‘gunsling’ it to see it they liked it, could break it or could find any bugs. (Yep, it was an American company.) Back t …

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Restoring the Light locations

Posted on August 4, 2016

I’m still working on that map, in between writing Book 3 and marketing the last two. Now you lovely people have finished recommending it to all your booky friends sales have slowed, so I’m busy drumming up more interest! But I haven’t forgotten my prom …

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I’ve got to get a map made up…

Posted on July 14, 2016

Descent to Compton Valence – Photo by Graham Horn Yup, I’m still not organised enough to have a map sorted, but in the meantime happy to fill you in or where we’ve been wandering from/to in the Ilmaen Quartet. I’ll start with Shadowless and do Restorin …

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One year in… FREE prequel chapters to celebrate!

Posted on June 5, 2016

So I’m a year into being published, having got the first two books out in 2015, and Book 3 of the Ilmaen Quartet is scheduled for release in November 2017. Yeah, a bit of a wait; sorry about that but if you’re taking the time to read it, you want it to …

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Should Amazon have a ‘YA/Crossover’ Category?

Posted on May 2, 2016

Writers and publishers often struggle with how best to bill their latest creation so that likely fans of that genre can find it. Meanwhile, readers are faced with a wonderland of books, wanting an easy way to filter down to THAT perfect book, the one t …

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The London Book Fair, Olympia

Posted on April 7, 2016

Travelling into London is not one of my favourite pursuits, but sometimes you have to make an exception. This is one. It’ll be my first time and already I’m pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of ticket booking and the way it lets you organise meeti …

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Telemache: Chapter 2 of the Prequel to the Ilmaen Quartet, exclusively for you

Posted on February 29, 2016

Here’s the next instalment of Telemache, the as-yet-unpublished prequel, set 450 years earlier (just before the Catastrophe). It runs from the beginning, in case you missed Chapter 1. You just need a PDF reader. And it’s yours for free! TELEMACHEch1-2e …

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