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In conversation with ... Ian Wilson

In conversation with ... Ian Wilson

‘Every author has a story,’ says Ian Wilson. And he doesn’t only mean the stories they tell in their books. He means the story of how they came to be where they are today. I talked online recently to Ian, author of the uplifting novella,…
Shop indie, shop often!

Shop indie, shop often!

Spring is here! Hooray! The days are getting longer and warmer. Best of all, we’re into April, the magic month when bookshops are set, fingers crossed, to reopen for face-to-face shopping. Think of it, actually buying a book from a real human being! As an…
Darlings I have killed

Darlings I have killed

Poor Celia Smollensky! It was way back in 2017 that I killed her. It made me sad because I liked Celia. She made me laugh. But unfortunately she had to go. I’ve killed others since, of course, but she was my first and so my…
In conversation with ... Alex Pearl

In conversation with ... Alex Pearl

Recently it was my pleasure to chat to Alex Pearl, author of the psychological thriller The Chair Man, about books and writing. I greatly enjoyed our conversation. I hope you do too. Here it is. Check out Alex’s website for more fascinating revelations from and…
Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, recommends ...

Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, recommends ...

This week, I’ve achieved something of a coup! No, not of an obscure foreign country, but of the book-promoting kind. As readers of this site might have noted, I’m a big fan of Count Arthur Strong. I think Eloise, a main character in Note to…
Read all about it!

Read all about it!

Note to Boy is in the news! Read how Sue Clark turned from comedy scriptwriter into comedy novelist. Secrets are revealed about meeting no less than three James Bonds. You can also find out how Swinging London influenced the writing of her novel, Note to…
On dead frogs and cheap gags

On dead frogs and cheap gags

Earlier in January, I took part in a Creative Lab Workshop on comedy and sketch writing, organised by the very talented Blewbury Players. It was a fun evening and I had a good time chatting about my experiences as a BBC scriptwriter. Thank you Blewbury…
Sad news to start the year

Sad news to start the year

The New Year started for me with very sad news. The wonderful novelist Maureen Lee died on New Year’s Eve. Maureen was a best-selling author, writing and publishing many short stories, and some 24 novels in her long life, including the enthralling family sagas set…
Goodbye 2020. Welcome 2021, but only if you behave!

Goodbye 2020. Welcome 2021, but only if you behave!

No need to state the obvious about the weirdness of the year. I’m going to take this chance to look back and find some positives and say some thank yous instead. The biggest positive of 2020 for me, of course, is that Note to Boy…
The overnight success of Shuggie Bain

The overnight success of Shuggie Bain

Did you hear that sound, the evening in October when Douglas Stuart was pronounced the winner of the prestigious 2020 Booker Prize for his novel, Shuggie Bain? Faint but insistent, that was the sound of hard-working, ever-hopeful, but so far unrecognised, writers up and down…