Tag: writing

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…

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.

The Waterloo Rap

My wife and I were invited to a gloriously extravagant party recently, when we were invited to turn up dressed in the style of  ‘the French Revolution or Les Miserables’. We were also invited to submit a ‘limerick or clerihew’ on a relevant theme….

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe

Perhaps it’s something to do with my grey hair, but I don’t often read Young Adult books. I started Bone Jack out of curiosity, intrigued by a tale about ancient, rural traditions that have their roots in a pagan past. Within a page I was…

“I never knew you were like that…”

Cindy Callens, on the Belgian book review site Draumr Kopa, kindly asked me to do a guest blog. I shared some of the more amusing comments people have made since Saxon’s Bane was launched. Click here for Draumr Kopa. Here’s what I had to…

Literature, Genre, and Geeks

In the last week, there have been a lot of threads on Facebook and writers’ sites about genre, and the challenges of classifying books. Back in August, the Hugo Award-winning SF & Fantasy site, SF Signal, asked me to write a guest blog on…

When I were a lad…

After Niall Alexander kindly reviewed Saxon’s Bane on his brilliant site ‘The Speculative Scotsman’, (click the image to read it) he kindly invited me to write a guest post. He even gave me the subject of ‘History in Fiction’ to link in to previous…

Three Short Bursts – FREE ebook

My E-book of short stories has now been published by Solaris, and is available for free download in both Kindle (.mobi) and iBook (.epub) formats. What’s inside: MUSE: A powerful, emotionally charged story where old lady teaches a young pianist the true, evocative power…

Interview posted on YouTube

Today is the UK release date for Saxon’s Bane. To mark the occasion, Jonathan Oliver of Solaris sat me in front of a video camera and asked me loads of questions, ranging from my thoughts on genre, to the background to key characters in…