Category Archives: Writing

Four And A Half Things I Learned While Giving My First Interview

Unless you are Nora Roberts (who seems to have found a way to complete a novel during that interminable downtime between sneezing and wondering if anybody caught that scrunch-face you just pulled), you’ve probably spent more than a year writing … Continue reading

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Reblurbing the Blurb

Generally speaking, I’m not one much for looking back, or second-guessing myself, or playing “Yeah, but what if I’d . . .?” My first book – “The Garden on Sunset” – has been out for a few months now and … Continue reading

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Say Goodbye to Hollywood

In my other, non-authoring life, my partner and I run a Walt Disney collectibles store. Fantasies Come True has been open for 32 years, so we’ve gained a reputation for knowing what the value is of, say, that old Mickey … Continue reading

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When You Are A Writer, You’re Never Alone.

My first novel – “The Garden on Sunset” – has been out now for a couple of weeks and I’ve been very happy with the response. People seem to be enjoying it, and many of them have paid me the … Continue reading

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How To Publish A Novel And Not Go A Little Bat-shit Crazy

In case you’re new to this blog, let me take a moment to catch you up. Last week I launched my debut novel, The Garden on Sunset. It’s the first of a series of planned novels telling the story of … Continue reading

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Knowing When To Pee May Be The Hardest Thing Anyone Can Learn

Any lingering doubt I had that the editing process is just a minor and inconvenient obstacle between me and finishing my novel was removed this week. I emailed my friend, fellow writer Caitlin Crowley, about a dream I had which … Continue reading

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…and let’s take it from the top

I am a couple of weeks into this whole editing thing and I find that I am now the wiser man that I wished I’d been a couple of weeks ago. When my editor delivered my manuscript back to me, … Continue reading

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Life Inside the Poseidon Adventure

All week I’ve been humming the song “There’s Got To Be A Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure but I couldn’t work out why, of all songs, that particular one would be running through my head on an annoyingly endless … Continue reading

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Cohesion Cohesion Cohesion

I received an email the other day about my blog and while I was considering my reply I found myself studying it for the first time in a little while. And it struck me that my blog had somehow fallen … Continue reading

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Don’t Book a Cover by its Judge

When we’re reminded not to judge a book by its cover, it’s intended metaphorically. By ‘book’ we actually mean ‘people’ and we all know it’s very good advice. And in fact if by ‘book’ we actually do mean ‘book’ it’s … Continue reading

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