Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Latest article in Writing Magazine

November's issue of Writing Magazine contains my latest 'Beginners' piece, called 'DE-FOCUS'.

Most of us know that focussing too hard on writing when we're not in the mood is often counter-productive. But we still tend to panic if we're not actively burning the midnight oil and getting some meaningful words on the page.

I never thought I'd ever manage to slip a mention of Mr Miyagi (the wise old owl of 'Karate Kid' fame), into an article about writing, nor did I ever plan to do so. But it seemed appropriate at the time, and if you read the piece, you'll see why.

In short, DE-FOCUS is about... well, not focussing. Instead, using the subconscious brain while performing Miyagi-like tasks can provide the inspiration we need - a bit like having a computer programme running in the background.

I should know - I do it all the time. There was this wedding I was forced to go to just last week...


Thursday, 9 October 2014

My review of 'Watch Me' by James Carol

My latest review on the Shots Magazine review website is of 'Watch Me', by James Carol. An against-the-clock search for a serial killer featuring former FBI profiler, Jefferson Winter, this presses all the buttons in the genre for those who like to think they can get there before the end of the book.

Read my review right here.


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Books Are My Bag

Bookshops around the UK are being celebrated from the 9th to the 11th this month by the Books are my bag campaign, which sees an author in every bookshop on Saturday the 11th.

That means you, the readers, will be able to see an author, approach them, prod them or even talk to them if you wish. (Go on - ask a question; they'll love it).

The thing is, this campaign is all about bookshops and what they do: selling books, providing choice and information, and most of all, allowing you to browse and see inside the books before you buy, all in an atmosphere confined to... well, books.

I've had the pleasure of being invited to appear in Rossiter Books in Ross-on-Wye (lovely town with a beautiful river flowing past it and LOADS of places to eat, should you be tempted), on Saturday 11th at 11am, and will be pleased to speak to anyone about books - most especially my own, of course. But if you want to chat about others, I'll be happy to do that, too.

Bookshops are an endangered species. Don't let them go the way of the dodo for want of calling in and taking a look. You never know - you might see something you like.

And remember - it's not long before you'll be on the hunt for something to give your nearest and dearest at Christmas. So why not stay off the keyboard for a bit and call into a bookshop instead?

I'll be there. Will you?

Rossiter Books in Ross-on-Wye. 11am. (the time, ack-emma, not my initials - although I suppose... )