Wednesday, 17th October 2018
I wrote a short story for the 2018 Salisbury Literary Festival short story competition. It was a huge amount of fun to have a go at writing a story in just 500 words. A real challenge and a good exercise in concise and focused writing. It’s below, if you want to take a look at what I finally came up with.
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  • Reflecting back on 2017. Looking forward to 2018. 13th December 2017
    This time last year I was hurtling towards the end of writing THE RISEN, the final chapter of The Darkest Hand trilogy and a project which had kept me busy for the last four and a half years. It was a project which had taken me to France, Belgium, the National Archives in Kew, the […]
  • First part of the End Notes for The Risen 20th March 2017
    At the end of each book of The Darkest Hand trilogy, there is a brief resume of facts, thoughts and notes on resources and texts I used in the research of that particular book. For those interested, here's part of the NOTES for The Risen, which helps explain my perspective on the lead into WW1, […]
  • My top ten hints and tips for writing a trilogy 15th February 2017
    In my previous blog, I wrote about why you should write a trilogy. In this one, I give some tips I picked up along the way as to how you should write a trilogy. Of course, the beauty about writing is that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. So not everything […]
  • Why write a trilogy? 6th January 2017
    Writing a novel is not easy. Look at the number of people who have tried to write one and failed. It takes persistence, determination, belief, motivation, ideas, (lots and lots of ideas!), faith and courage, a good year of your life and a steely skin to handle all the rejection, criticism and ridicule from readers, […]
  • What’s next in 2017, and beyond, for me and my writing? 4th January 2017
    So, The Risen, the third part in The Darkest Hand trilogy, is written! It's with my editor at Duckworth who's editing the manuscript and, once done, we'll then work together over the next couple of months to tighten everything up. But when it's finished and sent to print, is this the end of the road […]