Category: Blog

  • The Serial Reader – Guest Blog

    How Featuring Real Places in Fiction Creates a Timeless Diary I recently read a fascinating review for my first novel Ring of Conscience. The book is partly set in Las Vegas and the reviewer enjoyed the descriptions of the city and mentioned it was wonderful to revisit the ‘Old Vegas’. Old Vegas. My last visit […]

  • The Bookavid – Guest Blog

    I’ve learnt to have a rough idea of the characters a little before I begin because I can put myself into the mind-set of the characters while I research, and this helps turn knowledge to inspiration. For example, while researching for Ring of Conscience, I knew my protagonist had a sense of wonder and curiosity. […]

  • Beyond the Back Cover – Guest Blog

    One of the things I enjoy as a reader is to picture the characters from the imagination of the author. It’s something I’ve done from an early age. I imagined Smiler’s empathy with the cheetah in The Runaways by Victor Canning and of how Charlotte discovers the comforts of her own world after seeing life […]

  • Building a Design for Life in 2016

    FOR HUFFINGTON POST It’s taken me three years to discover American Author, David Wong’s brutal article listing harsh truths to become a better person. We are what we do regardless of how we think and treat other people. Sometimes it’s important to understand the mechanics of our actions and look at ourselves scientifically. Our brain is […]

  • How to Stimulate Your Sense of Wonder

    FOR HUFFINGTON POST In Andrew Stanton’s 2012 TED Talk on Storytelling he details his sense of wonder, when at five-years-old he was taken to see Bambi at the cinema. He explains how wonder is innocent and honest, and that it can’t be artificially evoked. It’s the mystery ingredient missing from many stories. The science of […]

  • Where Does Inspiration Come From?

    It’s a question I’m often asked, especially where I have conjured up complex treasure hunts. I am always fascinated by the stories from other authors. For Ring of Conscience, the idea of an online treasure hunt spurned from games I played with the kids as they were growing into their tweens. It helped that they […]