It's been a while, but I have been busy. After the usual busy Dordogne summer, I got back into writing with 'Empress', a novel inspired by a true story. While researching a project about the history of Glasgow, my hometown, I came across the tragic and enigmatic story of the 'Empress of Britain'. Launched by … Continue reading The historical background to ‘Empress’
Why I write
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
A Tipping Point?
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?
The Joy of Research
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
Amazon cultural imperialism
Since launching 'Bunco' at the beginning of May, it has had 10 Amazon reviews, 8 on .co.uk and one each on .com and .fr. Because there is only 1 review on Amazon.fr, the review from the US shown. On the UK site, with 8 'native' reviews, Amazon just includes a link to the US site. On the … Continue reading Amazon cultural imperialism
What Did I Learn? Pt.2
There is a reason why editors exist. I am still learning this the hard way. When I wrote 'Bunco', I had a small team of editors working with me. Development Editors. My development editors were my wife, Sheila, and my cousin, George, but especially my daughter, Marianne. These early readers gave me feedback on plot issues, … Continue reading What Did I Learn? Pt.2
This is something I posted on my facebook page a few days ago. This is going to be a pretty long posting. A couple of weeks ago, I joined Twitter. I had never been in the slightest drawn to Twitter, but, now with the books to promote, I thought I probably should get on board. Here’s … Continue reading Twitter rant
Interesting take on ‘broken’ internet
Ev Williams admits that the internet is broken and suggests course corrections, apologizing for Twitter’s role in putting Trump in the White House. via The Internet Won’t Prioritize Quality Without an Intervention — Longreads