Book locations

A book blogger mentioned recently about running a series on books set in specific locations. It started me thinking about my own books, and the times and places where they were set. ABC Destiny The date is indeterminate but it follows the story of Delphine, the illegitimate daughter of an English member of the aristocracy, …

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Book signings, genres and covers

With Spring hopefully not too far away, and restrictions easing, I’m looking forward to the resurrection of local book fairs. The one I attended shortly before Christmas brought to mind my first book signing many years ago. I had no idea what to expect, but my publishers told me everything had been organised with the …

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Book Fairs and Book Covers

Have you ever heard the expression ‘I don’t know anything about art, but I know what I like?’ I think it was originally intended as a mickey-take for someone who didn’t understand the Hoi Polloi snobbishness of ‘good art’ and was intended to make them feel foolish. Research showed that surprisingly the quote was published …

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Halloween and Weird and Peculiar

Have you ever wondered why orange and black are traditional Halloween colours? Apparently, orange represents the warmth and colours of autumn and black is for the cold, dark winter ahead. Does anyone actually eat pumpkins? I’ve heard of them being mashed into a soup but apart from that their only purpose seems to be for …

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Character Christmas Presents

Fellow author, Sue Moorcroft raised the question of Christmas presents but in a slightly unusual way. As she so rightly says, it’s bad enough trying to think of what to buy friends and family but how about the characters in your books? Great inspiration for a blog post. Thanks, Sue. Initial thoughts are the narrator …

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Character Interview -The Old Lady ‘At the bottom of the Garden.’ Weird and Peculiar Tales.

I was surprised when I discovered the main character in one of my books didn’t have a name but then I realised Paula Harmon, my co-author for Weird and Peculiar Tales, sometimes didn’t name hers either. https://mybook.to/WeirdandPeculiarTales This collection of short stories is perfect for Halloween, with a variety of tales from the amusing to …

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Aspects of authors -Introduction

This is the first in a new series in which we look at some of the different facets of writing. There are plenty of ‘How To’ books, webinars and blogs available on the mechanics of being an author, but I thought it would be fun to approach the subject from a different angle. If you …

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