Category: One writer’s journey

Thoughts and milestones on the rambling road to publication. Mainly of interest to fellow writers.

Roll of drums…. Draca has a publication date

Good news. Draca’s publication date will be 14th May 2020, hopefully in time for everyone’s summer holiday reading. As publisher Unbound moves into the production phase, they will close the supporters’ list at midnight on Monday 27th January. So if you’d like your name…

Crowdfunding success for Draca!

With the help of 250 supporters, Draca has achieved crowdfunding success and reached the threshold for Unbound to publish.

Draca: Sailing towards a Literary Festival launch

Draca is on track to launch at Chalfont St Giles literary festival in May 2020. At 93% now, & need to make that 100% by mid Sept to meet publisher Unbound’s threshold of pre-orders. 50% royalties to Combat Stress. Free book of short stories for pledgers.

When worlds collide

As anyone who has read Saxon’s Bane knows, I like to write stories where worlds collide. Not, I hasten to add, in the astronomical sense; I don’t write Science Fiction, but I do like the past to echo in the present. Even better, to…

The original DRACA: a classic sailing boat

Draca, the eponymous boat at the heart of Geoffrey Gudgion’s novel of that name, was inspired by a real, classic sailing boat, a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter. Here’s the research and the inspiration behind the story.

The Angel in the Marble

The idea for a book came in snippets; not chapters, not even whole sentences, but in a series of ‘what if’ questions. And it all started with an atmospheric sunset at anchor…

Meet George!

DRACA had a great launch with crowdfunding publisher Unbound. This extract from the book is a glimpse into the character of George, a yachtswoman with attitude.

Conversation with friends this weekend:

After I launched my novel DRACA, about a war-damaged veteran, with publisher Unbound, it became clear that not everyone ‘got’ the crowdfunding model. So here’s a brief explanation of how you can help me to help those whose wounds are more than physical.

Join a publishing revolution – and support Combat Stress

Publishers Unbound have accepted my second novel, DRACA, about a war-damaged veteran of Afghanistan. I’m sharing royalties with the services charity Combat Stress. You can help make it happen.

“Meet my character!”

Jacqueline Watts, author, reviewer, and blogger (click here to read her blog) sent me some questions about characters and characterisation, which I’m delighted to post below. By way of introduction, Jacquie read English at Somerville College, Oxford, and has had poetry, short stories and book…