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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Never give up. A talk to Scarborough Writers' Circle

Scarborough is a very special place to me. It's the place where we went as a family, for many years, on our summer holidays. It's the place where I was married, and also where one of my brothers was married too. It holds a very special place in our hearts, not least because of this.

And so you can imagine how absolutely over the moon I was to be asked to speak to Scarborough Writers' Circle.  And not only that, but I was given a write up in the Scarborough News.

If you click on the image below you can enlarge the picture and read the write up under WRITERS CIRCLE and that's my picture beside the pit pony statue in Ryhope too.


Debut novel Belle of the Back Streets
Now out in hardback and e-book 

Kindle e-book just 99p until January 1st 2019 


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Title of my novel number three #amwriting

The current view above my writing desk
This week the publisher Headline has confirmed the title of my third novel.  

I can't reveal it yet, but I will soon, as soon as it starts feeding out to sites such as Amazon and on to the publisher's website at Headline too.

It's a good title, a strong one. 

And it's one I suggested, so I'm over the moon.

My working title for book three has always been The Girl in the Red Feather Hat but I've always known that would be changed to fit the saga genre.  

I couldn't be happier with the title for novel three and can't wait to share it - very soon indeed.  

It'll be out in hardback in November 2019.

Meanwhile, my debut novel Belle of the Back Streets is now out in hardback and ebook.

Debut novel Belle of the Back Streets
Now out in hardback and e-book 

Kindle e-book just 99p until January 1st 2019 


Corrie weekly update – Corrie is for life, not just for Instagram

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street has just gone live here.   

In this week's Corrie there was a double proposal. Double diamond works wonders.

Debut novel Belle of the Back Streets
Now out in hardback and e-book. 

Kindle e-book just 99p until January 1st 2019 


Friday, November 09, 2018

Rave Reviews in a Whirl of a Week

It's been a week and a day since my debut novel Belle of the Back Streets was released in hardback and as an ebook. And in that time, there have been eight 5* reviews on Amazon and seven 5* reviews on NetGalley too.

It's been a whirl of a week. I gave a talk at The Word in South Shields, one of my favourite buildings in the north-east. It's the national centre for the written word. There was even a pretty good turn out too. For someone who wouldn't have said boo to a goose in the past, I'm slowly getting to grips with public speaking. Mind you, I've got a long way to go before I perfect my patter.  

At The Word someone asked how I create my characters. My honest answer - for why lie? - is that I don't know. Characters come to me in my head, unformed, waiting behind my ears for their turn on the page. Only then do they speak, wear a hat, smoke a pipe, break bread and eat soup, be grumpy, be happy, be young, old... well, the list goes on.

"I'm sorry," I said to the person who asked the question. "I'm not evading your question but I truly don't know."

I need to work on that.. not to bluff my way through it, not to create something that isn't there, but to try to figure out for myself my own creative process. And in doing so, hopefully help others who want to write, or those who (like me!) just want to know.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Talking a walk around Ryhope with Belle of the Back Streets

If anyone is interested in finding out more about Ryhope village after reading my novel Belle of the Back Streets, then this might be of interest.

It's a leaflet produced by Durham Heritage Trust and it takes you on a walk around the conservation area of Ryhope village in the northeast of England.

You can download the walk as a PDF here.

Debut novel Belle of the Back Streets 
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