Why I Write (Four)

Number four in my series ‘Why I Write’. I hope you’re enjoying hearing from other writers as much as I am. It’s going to be interesting to see what are the similarities and differences in the various writers’ responses. Today I’m really pleased to have Jo Phillips as a guest... read more

Why I Write (Three)

For the third in my series of ‘Why I Write’ posts, I’m really pleased to welcome William Gallagher. William is on this year’s West Midlands Writing Room 204 scheme – I was on last year’s. He is a highly experienced writer – radio scripts, stage plays, journalism – but he... read more

Free ebook!

This is a quick post to let you all know that The Piano Player’s Son is free on kindle from today until Monday 27th. Even if you’ve got a copy, I’m told it’s helpful to download it anyway – all a mystery to me! You can find it here┬áThe Piano... read more

Crisis at the Novel Factory!

And I make no apologies for the overly-dramatic title. I do feel I’m at a crisis point. (I was going to put an exclamation mark at the end of the sentence, but decided having ‘dramatic’, ‘crisis’ and an exclamation mark was perhaps too much.) As anyone who has cast even... read more

Why I Write (Two)

For the second in my series ‘Why I Write’, I’m delighted to welcome Sarah James. I first ‘met’ Sarah in 2011 when we were both winners in the International Rubery Book Award – I came second with ‘Unravelling’ and Sarah was third with her wonderful first collection of poetry ‘Into... read more

Why I Write (One)

So, as promised in my previous post, this is the first in my mini-series ‘Why I Write’. I’ve invited six other writers – all with different styles, genres and experiences – to write a guest post for my blog on the subject, and I’ll be posting one a week until... read more

I Hate Writing!

Don’t worry! You did read the title of the post properly, and no, I haven’t flipped or had a personality transplant. And, yes, I do remember last week on New Year’s Eve, I wrote that in 2014 I was going to write more. MORE. So, why, only a week later,... read more