January update

In a few of my previous posts, I've mentioned some writing characteristics that put me off books. They don't necessarily make me put the book down, but once they impinge on my reading enjoyment, they become distracting if they pop up again. Most recently, I've become more aware of redundancies and repetitions. As with all … Continue reading January update

The Diamond Device is out!

I'm excited to announce that my newest novel, The Diamond Device, is now out. It's a light-hearted steampunk adventure. I hope you'll be tempted to grab a copy, tell your friends and so on. The buy link is here. What's The Diamond Device about? After diamond power promises to replace steam, an unemployed labourer and … Continue reading The Diamond Device is out!

My top 3 reasons to put a book down

Plenty of writers' websites and blogs have a wealth of information about writing craft. This isn't one of them. Although I'm comfortable with my own writing process, I don't have a reason to post about it. However, I'm prompted to reflect on what I look for when reading books. Or, more accurately, what puts me … Continue reading My top 3 reasons to put a book down

Hack and stories

Those of you who know me will be aware I tend to get distracted by trivial issues (meticulous and details-orientated, that's me). True to form, I have an ongoing irritation about buying black binbags: they're not the right size, or they tear, or they're awkward to tie... Of course, the obvious solution is to try … Continue reading Hack and stories