When I wrote about Coenred and Mildryth I was reminded of another couple who had taken centre stage in one of my other novels; Grace Fielding and Thomas Morrow. They appear in Eugenica. They have no romantic attachment to one another, partly because they are quite young, and partly because they are thrown together by a series of terrible events rather than mutual attraction.
I like science fiction and, as with so many other enthusiasts, I was excited by the prospect of watching James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ when it was first released. After seeing it, however, I was haunted by a persistent feeling of déjà vu. The story goes like this: an ex-soldier is recruited by a private firm to … Continue reading Avatar (2009) Revisited
Coleg Harlech, a place of second chances that changed many lives for the better
A week or two ago I updated all the covers of my novels on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). It took awhile as you have to go into each book and update the content even when the only change is to the image used for the cover. When you have seven novels to work on that … Continue reading It Takes a Double Take
Well, my first serious foray into book marketing did not go particularly well. I saw an offer on-line for a service that offered to promote my book by all the usual methods, reviews in line with the extant Amazon policy, mentions on Twitter, my book and my name given out to a MailChimp list of … Continue reading Marketing, like all other oceans, is full of sharks
It is a curious thing that when someone has an experience of your own reality, they are not always enlightened by it. I have had a number of conversations lately in which the return to a 'degree of normality' was the main subject. It seems that a lot of people have really struggled with the … Continue reading Welcome to my Reality
I ordered a paperback copy of my latest book, The Devil Within Us, for my wife. She is one of those readers who prefer to hold a book rather than look at an electronic representation of it. I do not view such people as luddites, and not just because I am married to her, everyone … Continue reading The Pitfalls of Design
On 1st September, 1939, Adolf Hitler signed an order authorising the mass murder of German citizens who were identified as physically or mentally disabled. It was the only such authority for enforced euthanasia that Hitler put his name to. The initial target was to be children up to the age of 3. The campaign was … Continue reading Life Unworthy of Life – The Euthanasia of the Disabled in Nazi Germany
I wished for more reviews of my books and I have just received my first ever one star review. It was for 'Mesozoic'. It is not the first poor review that I have had for my work, but the lowest rating that is for sure. When you are putting something like a book out there … Continue reading The Dreaded One Star Review AKA Beware what you wish for!
Where do characters come from? I wrote quite extensively about how Artemisia Montessori developed from a very simple idea into the protagonist of my most recent novel, The Devil Within Us. Not all of my characters appeared that way, however. When I was researching The War Wolf I had no idea that there were three … Continue reading Coenred and Mildryth