I just learned a few minutes ago, that the reason I write is my characters. I've just finished defining, creating one of my key characters, who I KNOW I'M GOING TO KILL! I am truly, really sad. Five days ago, he barely existed; but now, he is a real, breathing person. And I'm going to … Continue reading Why I write
The recent UK election may presage a 'tipping point', a transformation of the British political landscape. The next few years may witness the implosion of the Conservative Party as we know it; the election of Corbynesque Labour government, followed by a period of political unrest. The UK Conservative Party is one of the longest-lived political … Continue reading A Tipping Point?
Although novel writing is thought of as 'creative fiction', there is, or can be, a surprising amount of non-creative research involved. For 'Bunco', I had various references to contemporaneous cultural and sporting events - new shows opening on Broadway, 'date' movies on general release, important events at the end of the baseball season, facts about … Continue reading The Joy of Research
Yesterday I finished the final edits to my short story collection, 'A Cold Dish and Other Tales' as suggested by my editor, my daughter Marianne. I ordered ten copies of 'Bunco' which I'm going to try to sell at events in our village this summer. I also had a coffee with a former neighbour, and best-selling … Continue reading Starting again
When I wrote 'Bunco', my initial idea was to explore some of the differences between US and European lifestyles and cultures. When we lived in the US, we enjoyed a very particularly 'American' lifestyle. Initially, I had moved to Manhattan. I feel that New York City and London have more in common with each other … Continue reading Community Spirit