Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Where Did The Time Go?

Time flies when you're having fun - so the saying goes - which means I must have been having lots of fun the last few weeks because I've just realized it is well over a month since I last put up a new post. 

Where did the time go? Mostly on finishing the last few chapters of my latest novel which is tentatively titled Motive for Revenge and is a sequel to Ulterior Motives. 

For some reason when I start a new book the writing process fits easily with the other demands of life, but there always comes a point about two-thirds in when the characters and plot just seem to take over and everything but the bare essentials of life fall by the wayside. It's a strange but wonderful feeling which always leaves me a little disorientated when I do finally finish, as if I've returned home after a long absence.

I like to put the first draft aside for a while before beginning to edit and it is then that reality kicks in and I notice all the things I've managed to avoid while in my other world: the layers of dust, the almost empty pantry, and the neglected social media sites. It's probably just as well that this 'out of reality' experience does only happen towards the end of a book, as I'm not sure I could sustain it for the full length!

So, hopefully, now is a chance to catch up on all those neglected tasks – not a moment too soon given the looming holidays.

And talking of the holidays: Need a last minute secret Santa gift or something extra for a Christmas stocking?
Don’t forget books make great gifts!
 The Anniversary, Ulterior Motives and Silent Lies are all available from Amazon.

The e-book version of Silent Lies is on pre-Christmas sale until 21st December. Only $0.99 in the US and £0.99 in the UK.  Want to snap up a bargain for yourself or a friend? Click here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rio - Exercise Made Easy

As someone who spends a great part of the day sitting, either working or writing, I'm always on the look-out for ways to incorporate exercise into my day. Usually it comes down to either going to the gym or, if I want outdoor exercise, walking, which might explain why I was so impressed with the outdoor gyms ( or Academia as they are known in Brazil) which are a common sight in Rio.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Writing What You Know

"Write what you know" is the general wisdom offered to beginner writers, suggesting you start from your current base of knowledge. While that can be essential advice—especially to non-fiction writers, where expertise is all—as a fiction writer, I prefer to rearrange those four little words to "know what you write," which gives me the perfect excuse for trying new activities or learning new subjects. It all feeds into the fiction pot, if not in the current book, then maybe the next. It may not add much more than a few sentences to the novel, or may even just provide a trait for one of the characters, but there is almost nothing that can go to waste once it’s stored into the memory bank.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kindle Countdown - Ulterior Motives

Just to let you know that Ulterior Motives is on Kindle Countdown until midnight on Saturday 4 October, 2014. Only $0.99 in the US and £0.99 in the UK.  Or if you are a member of Kindleunlimited, you can read the book for free!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rio de Janeiro - A City of Surprises

What do you picture when you hear mention of Rio de Janeiro?

For me, it used to be the enormous statue of Christ high above the city

seems no matter how far away you are, you can still see the statue

or the famous beach of Copacabana.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Day at Niagara Falls

I'd been to Niagara Falls several times before in years long past so when my brother and nephew came to stay recently it seemed like a good time to pay another visit. 

They certainly are an impressive force of nature. From a calm and quiet start:

Monday, July 28, 2014

Silent Lies - Kindle Countdown

Just wanted to let you know I'm running a Kindle Countdown promotion for Silent Lies this week. The book is featured on Kindle Books and Tips today.