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That Title From a Better Man I Stole

So begins an epigram by Robert Loius Stephenson, which goes on to lament that he may as well have copied the entire work. Choosing a title for your lovingly crafted book can be a problem. You make a list, cross out alternatives one by one, ask your friends, your partner and your agent  – and... Continue Reading →

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Keeping the Police Out of the Plot

I write mysteries, not police procedurals. Jeffrey Flint, the amateur sleuth of my first series, is an archaeologist so as a writer I must address the challenge of keeping the police out of my plots. If there is an unusual murder in modern Britain it is headline news and the full might of the regional... Continue Reading →

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Return to Greece

I have that English love of Greece. Coming from chilly Yorkshire, the idea of bathing in the sea, then spending a warm summer evening eating moussaka washed down with cheap retsina is simply magical. Especially now, when the highlight of my month had been driving two miles through the slush to the local garage to... Continue Reading →

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Darkness Rises

The world is not as it should be, it is not the world we want to see, and it is not the world we used to know. Over the past sixty years, concern over Green issues have moved from the hippie fringe to become mainstream. While scientists and campaigners look forward to a better future,... Continue Reading →

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Flint is Back…Again!

A piece of good news to start 2021 with. I have signed a deal with Lume Books to republish the five Jeffrey Flint archaeology thrillers as ebooks. These were originally published by Severn House in the days before ebooks were even dreamed about. I'm sure indeed that Flint would disapprove of ebooks. His adventures take... Continue Reading →

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If a book were a vaccine

Imagine you’re a bright ambitious novelist who has already proved your writing skills in, say, non-fiction or journalism. You spend a year or two researching, planning and writing your debut novel, fitting it around the day job and your family commitments. You work on the dining room table after the kids have gone to bed.... Continue Reading →

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Why Bother Blogging?

‘It’s like yelling into an empty cave,’ is one of my character’s opinion of blogging. To some extent, my character is right. One of my friends stopped writing her very well informed and amusing movie blog because nobody read it. ‘And I mean, literally, nobody,’ she said. Writers can struggle to find enough hours in... Continue Reading →

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Keeping Occupied

This week should have seen the publication of my latest book, ‘Occupation to Liberation’. It would have been launched at the Guernsey Literary Festival, now sadly cancelled, and the launch was one of the 75 events to celebrate 75 years of freedom organised by Visit Guernsey. Although the UK is celebrating VE day this week... Continue Reading →

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Things We Writers Learn

My latest project is a thriller series set against the rise of fascism in the 1930s. My last novel was Glint of Light on Broken Glass which all in all took three years to research and write, with one of those years being absorbed by getting the detail of 1913-1919 correct. I was helped by... Continue Reading →

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An Eye for Nature

Whilst working on a new thriller, and editing the one I 'finished' earlier, I have a new project to keep me out of mischief. I'm teaming up with artist Peter Le Vasseur to produce a book on his life and work. In particular the book will feature Peter's later works with ecological and conservation themes.... Continue Reading →

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The Queen of Crime

I'm excited to take second billing after Martina Cole in this month's Crime Reader's Association Newsletter, in which I've written a short piece about revising the Flint series for the Lume ebooks. The Newsletters are archived on the website after three months or so, but to read the current one you will need to sign... Continue Reading →

Here Comes Christmas!

Last year I wrote a piece called ‘Christmas Comes Early’, when the shops were putting cards out in September. This year I’m not moaning because, let’s face it, we’ve all had a rubbish year. As a writer I’ve had a better time than most as I work from home, don’t have a business to lose... Continue Reading →

‘Occupation…’ Book Signing

I had the pleasure of signing copies of 'Occupation to Liberation' at Guernsey Museum during 'Big Geekend'. This followed on from talking about my latest writing projects on the JKT show on Radio Guernsey - it can be found on iplayer for Thursday 24th from 11.15 until noon. During Big Geekend I also had a... Continue Reading →

Writer’s Retreat

Autumn is approaching in Britain. From my balcony this week I’ve noticed the trees browning day by day, and leaves starting to accumulate on lawns. It seems an opportune moment to share an image of Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness by Guernsey artist Peter Le Vasseur. It was part of a series of 20... Continue Reading →

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