I am continuing to edit ‘The Stalking of Rosa Czekov’. I’m about half way through reading it out loud to myself, cutting out repetitions… of which I seem particularly fond. When I write I have a commentary running in my head which is in normal spoken English with sentences beginning with ‘and’ and ‘but’, words repetitive for audible emphasis as one would in […]More
The Easthope stories
Most of my novels are set in and around the fictional seaside town of Easthope.
If your book is accepted by a publisher, the choice of cover may not be under your control. What a daunting prospect when it is though! Self-publishing loads all the responsibility onto the author. it is exciting… but anxiety inducing. What picture? What style? What would speak for your book, what would attract your readers, pull them into […]More
Following a news item about me and my first novel, FARHOLM, in our local newspaper, the Weston Mercury, I received my first ever fan letter! An elderly neighbour, eighty-eight year old Ruby Twite wrote a lovely note to me. I was thrilled and touched to receive it as it is doubtful that she will ever […]More
I wrote the stalking of Rosa Czekov some years ago but have edited and polished it at various times; Rosa is one of my novels that I have sent off on numerous occassions to editors and agents without success. I have faith in my story though, and I think it deserves a wider audience. I […]More
As a self-published author, I have to generate my own publicity. At first I thought that might be easier said than done, but as a writer I have to be imaginative and creative so I have applied those skills in trying to promote FARHOLM. Last week I had a great write up and a photo […]More
I’m often asked where my characters come from… well, I’m not sure I actually know. In FARHOLM, I don’t know where Deke or Michael came from, they arrived after Nathan Flynn, the pirate, and I do know where he came from. I had a vivid dream of a pirate, a dashing handsome, big man, with […]More