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Selling well

Delighted to say that the latest in the DCI John Blizzard series published by The Book Folks is selling well.In The Latch Man, Doris Hornsby, the bed-bound matriarch of a notorious criminal family, calls in the police after she sees an intruder in her room. Blizzard attends in person, bemused that a woman who has spent her life evading the law, now seeks its…See More
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Sugared sweetmeat, anyone?

The use of words is something dear to all our hearts as writers. They are the tools of our trade and we wield them with care.That means that every word should earn the right to be on the page and that authors should be forensic in the examination of what they write, even if it means that some words slip from our usage or at least appear much less frequently. For example, I became aware some years ago that there were some words I used too often in my writing - ‘murmured’ and ‘chuckled’ to name…See More
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Who's in charge here, then?

As you may know from my previous blogs, I am fascinated by the way that stories evolve during the writing process, which can provide the author with a balancing act between the need to plan and the requirement to let the story develop organically.I am being given a striking example of that the more I write of my latest novel (26,000 words in).Like many/most/all novelists, I always plan before starting to write a new book, a process which can take several weeks as I explore the various ideas…See More
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Daggers longlist is published

The Crime Writers' Association has published the longlist for its 2020 Dagger awards for the best in crime writing. Some great authors are included and you can read the details herehttps://thecwa.co.uk/the-daggersSee More
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Exploring sense of place

As you may know from my blogs, sense of place is important to me as a writer and I have explored the subject in an article written for the excellent TripFiction website, which helps readers to find out more about the areas that inspire authors.My article examines the importance to me of the North Pennines, which play such a key role in the DCI Jack Harris novels published…See More
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A modest ambition - aiming for perfection

Writing is a hugely complex craft requiring the author to master a wide range of techniques, everything from character point of view to getting the pace right, ensuring that he or she has the grammar correct to creating dialogue that sounds like real people speaking.However, I believe that at its heart are a small number of golden rules, out of which everything flows. I am…See More
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