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March 2017 – The cover for The Risen

We have a cover for THE RISEN, the last in The Darkest Hand trilogy! THE RISEN is a huge final novel, detailing the last two years of World War One, the growing revolution of Russia, the growing peril of The Darkest Hand and the growing shadow of the Antichrist. Only Inquisitor Poldek Tacit can hope…
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January 2017

Yes, it's true! ‘The Risen’, the final instalment of ‘The Darkest Hand’ trilogy is written! It’s been an epic four year journey, which began in the market square of Arras, France, at the end of October 2012 and ended on Sunday December 18th 2016 in my little office in the middle of Wiltshire. It’s taken…
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August 2016

As Britain's summer seems to have now finally arrived, I’ve taken the opportunity to creep out of the shadows of my writing cell and take a break from writing The Risen, the third and final instalment of the Darkest Hand trilogy, to let you know about one or two things which have been going on…
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Book recommendation for writers

Whilst in Ireland I read Stephen King's book ’On Writing’. Part biography, part guide for the aspiring writer, it contained some fascinating suggestions as to how to write smart and write well without losing your marbles or your life along the way. What really struck a chord with me, particularly as when I write I…
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April 2016

Apologies for the silence. I'm not quite sure where the last few months have gone. I know I've spent an awful lot of time in my writing cell, working on The Risen, the third and final installment of The Darkest Hand trilogy, so much so that I think I'm starting to develop the vision of…
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January 2016

Happy New Year! December turned out to be the perfect book end to the year. After toiling hard all of 2015 with book two of The Darkest Hand trilogy, The Fallen, my editor at Duckworth and I finally finished it and put it to bed - or at least under the nose of the line…
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December 2015

I somehow seemed to miss out November's newsletter. I can't think what I was doing …? Ah, yes! That's it! I was writing! Editing the manuscript of suggested edits from my publisher, Duckworth Overlook. After an entire month off in October, where I caught up with everything else in my life - the day job,…
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October 2015

It is done - for now. The Fallen was submitted to my publisher, Duckworth Overlook, on Monday 5th October. It had gone through nine rewrites and taken me 15 months to complete. It has driven me to distraction, tears, drink, exhaustion, and quite possibly the edge of sanity. And it's still not done! What happens…
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September 2015

Back at the start of August, I submitted by 7th draft of the manuscript of The Fallen to my agent and put my feet up. I'd deserved it. I'd worked eleven months straight on it and was, quite frankly, exhausted and sick to the back teeth of it. If I never saw it again, it…
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August 2015

It ended with a low moan of relief, rather than a shout of joy and a hurling of papers in the air. Yes, I have done it. A complete draft of the second book in The Darkest Trilogy has been written! (I never thought I'd see the day - and if you've been following these…
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July 2015

So in June I joined a writing club. Well, a mate (who's read The Damned) suggested I join it (should I be reading anything into that?!) and my experience of people who hang around books is that they're almost always good people. It's the first writing club I have ever joined, which seems rather back…
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June 2015

I have this torn out page from a magazine on the wall of my office, right next to where I write. I can see it above the ever growing piles of manuscripts of Book Two drafts on my desk. It's a 'Things to Do' article from TimeOut about 'How to get published' my brother in…
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May 2015

"Cometh the month, cometh the man!" As I write this latest entry into my ever growing document to literary life (aka "trying to hang onto my sanity"), Inquisitor Poldek Tacit, the main protagonist in The Damned, is poised to thrust his size fourteen boots into the lives of all discerning readers, and anyone else attracted…
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April 2015

When Forrest Gump compared life to a box of chocolates he was definitely onto something. Whilst my culinary tastes fall a little lower from chocolate delights, reduced to the pick and mix the kids usually select and hand to me as the lights go down at the cinema, the twists and turns of life really…
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March 2015

I am now a literary parent. I've given birth to The Hunted, the prequel to The Darkest Hand trilogy, which came out as a FREE ebook on February 24th 2015. To become a published author is something I have dreamed about and worked towards for over twenty years. For it to finally become reality is…
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February 2015

New Year resolutions for me have always entailed drinking less, exercising more and trying to be kinder to people who own chihuahuas. So a bit of a change this year, the resolution being to write 60,000 words of Book Two of the trilogy (currently known as THE FALLEN) in January. I fell short, but only…
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January 2015

Happy New Year! Is it too late now to wish you that? After all, it is (at the time of writing) the 6th January and we’ve all now returned to work and school runs and the Christmas / New Year thing is just a distant memory and four extra pounds on the weighing-scales. Well, I’ve…
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December 2014

Well, here we go then, the first 'newsletter' for my web site and of my literary career! I've written plenty of newsletters for clients in the past about swimming pools and perfumes and how to get to number one in Google. But this is something completely new, certainly exciting and very enjoyable; writing about my…
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