November 20, 2019

You read about these odd things happening to other authors where Amazon closes their account or punishes them for breaches, which they say they've never committed, but you never think it could happen to you. You, who is an honest as the day is long and plays by all the rules because it's the right thing to do.

Well, I've now had the full independent author experience as it's my turn to be unfairly accused and punished by an A...

April 24, 2018

A few of my wonderful readers have likened my style to Stephen King. I have to say every single time someone writes that I get a little glow about me. I've been reading his books since he first started publishing, and though I loved and read many horror books before him, his were such a unique take that I was an immediate fan.

When I first studied writing at a part-time course every Saturday (the course went for a year), I was...

January 29, 2018

This is a post for authors not readers. But readers, you may find the behind-the-scenes interesting. Many independent authors these days obsess over how to find readers and where they rank on the Amazon store. They believe where you rank on Amazon makes a difference to finding readers. I don't agree.

I don’t blog much about the business side of my writing anymore but yesterday I ran a horror box-set cross-promo with four other...

October 15, 2017

This week I received an invite to the film Jigsaw, which is the eighth in the Saw horror series.  If you haven’t seen of these, they are a gore fest. Truly horrible films with more terror than a Stephen King tale. I decided to attend because I admire the directors The Speireg Bros (Predestination,their last film is one of my fave).  However if it's too graphic I'm leaving early.

If you’ve read any of my stories, you're probably...

August 31, 2017

I’ve been writing seriously since 2010. This means for seven years, when asked what I do for a job, I reply,"Writing." Despite beginning this journey when I was in my teens, I was interrupted by life. Most of my friends were surprised when I didn't pursue writing as a career. So was I.

You make choices and they take you down unexpected roads you think you control and that will bring you eventually to your heart's desi...

August 18, 2016

There’s a myth that’s been doing the rounds since forever that in order to write quality fiction you need to spend years on it. It’s bunk. 

Hugh Howey discussed this in a recent post in which he said,“The lie that a good novel takes five years to write needs to die. There’s no correlation between how much an author procrastinates and how wonderfully literary their creation turns out to be.”

    My concern with this myth i...

August 18, 2016

Fear, as defined by  the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.”  Nobody needs to research the word to understand its meaning.  We’re born with the understanding of it, as a necessity for our very survival.  If not for fear, we would no doubt place ourselves in harm’s way often with serious consequences.

So it was with...

August 18, 2016

Google “Advice on Writing”.  Go on.  The result you will receive is about 258 million results in 0.32 seconds—that’s quick.  That tells me there are millions of people giving advice on writing to the millions who wish to write and are searching for the definitive answer.

There are a thousand books on it too, and do not forget the workshops—oh and the writing groups.  My lovely librarian recently wa...

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