Love in the time of COVID

If you don’t believe me, take it from a writer who’s sold a book or two.   I hate to say I told you so, but as predicted in my blog last year, COVID has created a vortex in the line of literary time. This is hardly a tragedy — people are dying in horrific […]

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Brașov Orphan Girls School of Gothic Arts

I’m on the verge of a literary breakthrough. I’ve gained dozens of loyal fans. I shouldn’t brag, I know, but there are so many of them all of a sudden. They flood my blog posts with flattering comments. Most are from the Brașov Orphan Girls School of Gothic Arts. It began with Melisande: Hey There. […]

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Lamé can be so lame

🧐 Lamé without the é would be lame. So lame. 🧐 🧐 Brûlée shorn of those frills on the vowels would be brulee. Who’d want to eat that? It sounds like something they fed Oliver Twist in the foundling home. 🧐 See? I can do accents. Players in both Meet Me at the Hanging Tree and The First Guerrilla […]

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Welcome! You’re looking down the barrel of a pretty good deal. Click on one of the covers below to join up to my newsletter and get a free copy of the book! Do you like a romance comedy mystery? How about an action adventure thriller? The newsletter has links to more free books every month […]

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Your feedback is very important to us

I have an opinion on everything. Just ask me, I love to share my wisdom, pontificate, lecture, tell you where you’re going wrong. I am a member of half a dozen survey panels for august organisations with unblemished reputations, also a major bank. I’m getting hammered with surveys at the moment. Most of these are […]

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What’s in a (place) name?

Help me out here, friends. Which is better: – A story set in a real place, where the author bends the local truth a little, or – A made up setting you sort of recognise? I get the appeal of a story that mentions places you recognise. One of my friends (Hi, Nyrie!) had the […]

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Feed the dolphins, anyone?

It’s winter in Perth, so it’s cold by our spoiled standards, but the weather’s lovely up north at this time of year. So, when the West Australian government lifted the state’s internal COVID lockdown borders this month, we made a pilgrimage to the insanely beautiful places Val and Stella visited in Meet Me at the […]

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The outlook for books set in 2020

No, that’s not a beach in the photo. It’s Wadi Rum in Jordan. I went looking for desert pictures and I couldn’t resist this one. What a beauty. It’s much more interesting than it should be to illustrate my theme, which is that the middle months of 2020 will be a world-wide literary desert. I […]

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Safer than a half-cooked bat

I flew in a plane for the very first time at the age of fifteen. The very last book I read before taking to the air was Unsafe at Any Height by Ralph Nader. It documented all the most famous commercial airline crashes in history to that point. So, as I stepped onto the Qantas […]

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