Crafting words in a cupboard

From coffee shops to trains and sun loungers, my favourite places to write are possibly not quite what you’d expect. My first novel was written in a cupboard. No seriously. At least, part of it was, anyway. I’d already written some of the book. Maybe a quarter of the first draft. It had been myContinue reading “Crafting words in a cupboard”

Bright sparks: Where I get my ideas for books

As an author, people often ask me where I get my ideas for books. Well, they come from all over. It could be a conversation with a friend, a TV show, another book or… just something that pops into my head. Some things inspire the main plot of the story. Other things give me ideasContinue reading “Bright sparks: Where I get my ideas for books”

5 Books That Inspired Me

From literary fiction to quirky humour, crime novels and a few great anti-heroes, I’ve been inspired by so many different books over the years. There’s an old adage that if you want to be a better writer, you need to read more. And, of course, it’s absolutely true. You need to read a lot. AndContinue reading “5 Books That Inspired Me”

10 (Hopefully Interesting) Things About Me

I recently wrote a handful of guest posts as part of a blog tour for my latest book. The posts featured on a number of book blogs and I thought I might as well post them here, too. So, I’ll stick one up every week. Here’s the first. 1. I’ve written about some pretty oddContinue reading “10 (Hopefully Interesting) Things About Me”

New book coming soon

Exciting news. My new book is coming soon. It’s called 46% Better Than Dave and it will be published by Raven Crest Books on 15 October 2019. So, what’s it about? Well, here goes: Dave Brookman’s new next-door neighbour is ruining his life. Because he’s also called Dave Brookman, he’s the same age, and heContinue reading “New book coming soon”

Deep Fried Genius

It’s been a while since my last post. But now I’m back. And I’m talking about fried food. Obviously… There’s an unwritten rule that, if you’re an author, you need to have a blog. So, like many authors before me, I started a blog. And I thought I should probably try and be very literary,Continue reading “Deep Fried Genius”

Goodbye to the cupboard

Today is a sad day. Because it’s time to say goodbye to my writing cupboard. The wife and I have bought a new house and moved out of our old flat. And so I am also moving out of the cupboard in which I spent so many hours writing. It was my home for manyContinue reading “Goodbye to the cupboard”

Happy New Book!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a great 2015, and here’s to 2016 being even bigger, brighter and better for you all. And as if a brand new year wasn’t good enough, there’s another reason to celebrate – today is the publication date for my new comedy crime novel, Killing Dylan. That’s right,Continue reading “Happy New Book!”

Happy birthday George

It’s been quite a year. Exactly one year ago today, my first novel, The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring, was published. And my lovely wife bought me this brilliant card to celebrate. Since it went on sale, the book has sold quite a nice number of copies – more than 13,000 so far, to beContinue reading “Happy birthday George”

The joy and pain of Amazon reviews

What do authors think of customer reviews on Amazon? Obviously I can only speak for myself, but I have mixed feelings. They can be a great way to get feedback from readers. And they can help to boost book sales. But then, sometimes, they can be violent, hurtful, digital bullets that make you doubt yourself, yourContinue reading “The joy and pain of Amazon reviews”