Writer, you are not alone: visiting FantasyCon

Last weekend I was in Scarborough at the British Fantasy Society’s FantasyCon. I travelled up from Kent with fellow writer Danny Rhodes, who’s had horror stories published in Black Static and Cemetery Dance, but is also an acclaimed contemporary novelist (his novel Fan about the Hillsborough disaster is wonderful). It was quite a trek up…
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Movies That Should Be Re-made #1: The Valley Of Gwangi

I recently heard they’ve re-made Ben-Hur, 1959 the epic starring Charlton Heston. Well, it’s actually described as a “re-adaptation” of the original novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, written by Lew Wallace in 1880. Now I’m not against re-makes (or “re-adaptations”; whatever). Sometimes they work (Ocean’s Eleven worked well; Christopher Nolan’s Batman re-boots were…
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Four weeks to your first draft

It’s NaNoWriMo. You start on November 1, and by the end of the month the aim is to write a novel – or at least a 50,000-word first draft of a novel. It’s a great idea. It really gets you writing if you’ve struggled in the past. You have a goal, and you drive towards…
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The Trees and Other Stories in paperback

My short story collection The Trees And Other Stories has been on Kindle for a while now, but in the next few weeks it will be available as a paperback. Here’s the cover. What do you think? I’ve published most of my books in the mainstream way – get a publisher; they do all the…
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Win my guide to writing a novel

Do you want a signed copy of HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 6 MONTHS, my guide to finishing a 50,000 word book in just 24 weeks? I have four to give away. Read on for a chance to win one. But first, what’s the book about? Well, I write two, full-length novels a year,…
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Free book today

My guide book HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 6 MONTHS  is available for FREE on Amazon for Kindle today and tomorrow, so if you’re in the UK, here’s the link, and it’s here if you’re in the States; here in Canada; here in Australia… and it’s free everywhere else on Amazon, too. If you…
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The Writing Process Blog Tour

So Danny Rhodes, author of the excellent Fan, asked me to contribute to the Writing Process Blog Tour. I don’t know much about it, but writer after writer answer the same four questions. Here are the questions. Here are my answers… What am I currently working on? I’ve just finished, and dispatched to my agent,…
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Get writing

If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, my eBook How To Write A Novel In 6 Months can help you. It’s 20,000 words and includes the system I have used to write two novels a year since Maneater was published. When I started writing I was reading a lot of How To books, and…
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The Rules of Writing

On November 14 I’ll be taking part in a discussion at Whitstable Library in Kent. The event is a fund-raiser for a fantastic new literary festival  called WhitLit, to be held May 9-11, 2014. I’m very excited. However, on November 14 at the fund-raiser, it’ll be me, Peggy Riley (author of the wonderful Amity &…
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