It was with a very happy heart that I submitted The Devil Within Us for publication. I had not intended to write another novel this year, I was supposed to be learning all about marketing in order to be discovered, become famous, and obviously rich. That is what I will - hopefully - be doing next! … Continue reading The Devil Within Us – Published!
Almost there! It is quite a feeling to complete a project like writing a novel. I am not sure if I have captured any of it in my previous fourteen posts. The book is very close to being finished. In many respects this is the most difficult part of any artistic creation no matter what … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Fifteen
I am always looking at my work and wondering how I can improve it. The two commonest approaches are manuscript reviews and designing new covers. I recently undertook such a review of the covers to the Sorrow Song Trilogy books and I was very happy with the end result. I am not sure how I … Continue reading Giving Eugenica a New Look
As I come to the end of writing my latest novel I cannot help but return to the subject that I like least and yet what I was considering at the beginning of the year; marketing. As previously mentioned in earlier blogs, I have dabbled with marketing, but not enjoyed any great success. In fact, I cannot say that I particularly enjoyed the experience. It does seem, however, to be an absolutely necessary requirement in my ongoing quest for a greater readership and an increase in the awareness of my work.
This has been fun! I have really enjoyed the experience of both writing a book and posting updates here about the progress. I think that splitting my time between the two activities has been really helpful. At the start of the lockdown I was a designated key worker, but later I was identified as at … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Fourteen
Part Thirteen? That seems a little coincidental! Up until a few days ago I did not have a proper title for this book, which made designing the cover somewhat problematic to say the least. I was still using the working title of 'Mephistopheles', but I knew that it was not appropriate. The story begins with … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Thirteen
Recently, I have posted on certain subjects that tend to be a little contentious. I did not do it to inflame public opinion, I certainly do not have a following large enough to do that anyway, but because these subjects interested me. I was also hoping to have an opportunity to debate them with like … Continue reading Are We Losing the Art of Debate?
So how did that happen? When I began writing this book I had a clear idea of who the protagonist was; Doc Hunter. He is the ‘ubermensch’. The superman of eugenics. A fitting hero for any novel. Well, he would not agree with being either an ubermensch or a eugenic superman, but he is no … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Twelve
In 1966, Dr Martin Luther King Jr., faced a problem during the Civil Rights Movements' 'March Against Fear' campaign. In the city park of Greenwood, Mississippi, a mass rally of support was held, during which Stokely Charmichael, a representative of the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC), proclaimed: "what we need is black power". The Black … Continue reading All Lives Do Matter
In the past I have never had a problem with deciding on a title for the book that I am writing. I usually have a working title first. I do not know why but it seems to help me with my vision of the book. The Sorrow Song Trilogy books were very easy, as was … Continue reading Writing My Seventh Novel – Part Eleven