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It’s Launch Party Time – 1st October 2015 (and you’re invited!)

Posted on September 6, 2015

It’s nearly time for Restoring the Light! If you read and loved Shadowless, Book 1 of the Ilmaen Quartet, the wait is nearly over. If you like a party and can get to Surrey, UK, come and join us for the launch – and reviewers of either book come FREE a …

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An author’s best friend is her/his editor

Posted on August 28, 2015

I worked out long ago that I’m not a naturally good writer. A strange admission for an author to make, you may think, but read on because it’s true of more authors than you’d think – and nothing to be ashamed of. I knew I had a great story to tell with …

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Sneaky peak at Peter O’Connor’s Lestar by moonlight – the cover for Restoring the Light

Posted on August 12, 2015

The book covers are really important, so to find a cover designer who could top his first design with an even better one is just a dream come true. You can’t expect cover designers to read your opus magnum cover to cover, so finding a way to convey the …

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Come again? Pronouncing names in the Ilmaen Quartet

Posted on July 31, 2015

There are two key issues that make names complicated in the Ilmaen Quartet: the variety of people who’ve moved into the heart of Western Europe, and the fact that centuries have passed. Just as we don’t speak or spell English in the same way as we used …

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Formatting an e-Book – why I love Jutoh

Posted on July 29, 2015

As a self-publisher and with past careers in technical writing and quality assurance, achieving a good, professional finish was one of the things that most worried me – particularly formatting an e-book, as I’ve seen some that look horrible. I thought …

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Using places to anchor the story

Posted on July 22, 2015

The old idiom, ‘write about what you know’ is a truism, but it also recognises a simple fact – that all stories, however imaginative, need some hooks that must be spot on to let us, both the writer and the reader, mentally put our feet down and say, ‘T …

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‘Where and when the heck are we?’

Posted on July 17, 2015

It seems I’ve thrown people a bit with the settings and the dates, so here’s a bit more explanation. (No spoilers, in case you’re worried.) Yes there are Welsh and Finnish names, and yes it feels like we are somewhere in the European Renaissance or Enl …

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This blogging business…

Posted on July 17, 2015

By the end of this post you’ll grasp that I’m new to this blogging business, but hopefully I’ll get better with time. My aim is to post blogs that are useful to you, be you a reader who wants to know more about the stories I tell or a writer who wants …

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