It’s all systems go for CrimeFest in Bristol next month. Arrangements are still on-going,  but one exciting bit of news is that I’ve been longlisted for this year’s FlashBang flash fiction competition. In case that means nothing to you, flash fiction is very short stories, typically 99-150 words. For CrimeFest, the challenge was to write a crime novel in ≤150 words!

Longlisted means that my flash fiction story has been included among 12 stories chosen by the judges from a total entry of 70. For obvious reasons, the judges are not given the names of the authors; they just see the stories.  The longlist is currently being reduced to a shortlist of 5 stories from which the winner is selected during the CrimeFest meeting . Authors on the shortlist will be informed later this month.

Again, for obvious reasons I can’t give details of my story at this stage, but I shall be posting it later on regardless of whether I get any further. I’ve written a couple of others too, which I’ll post very soon. To give you an idea of what 150 words looks like, this post is 183!

CrimeFest 2017

I am pleased to tell you that I have been invited to sit on an Indie Author panel at this year’s CrimeFest meeting in Bristol, UK, in May. The panel is moderated by best-selling crime author Zoë Sharp and my three fellow panelists are AA Abbott, Barbara Fagan Speake and Ian Sutherland, all of whom… Continue Reading →


Since we live in a world of alternative facts, another change to the title of my latest book should seem nothing out of the ordinary. Alternative fact one was the working title of Unfinished Business, but as I pointed out in my previous post, this title has been over-used. Hence the move to alternative fact… Continue Reading →

Murderous Motives

Finally a title for my latest book! and a cover. Throughout the writing of the book, which started back in the spring of 2016, the working title was always Unfinished Business. It was a good title since it reflected what the book is all about – a sequel to Irrefutable Evidence in which Olivia Freneton’s… Continue Reading →

A rekindling

If you have occasionally glanced at my blog posts over the past nearly two years, you will have noted one consistent fact: there have been none! The last post was back in the early part of 2015, after which my focus shifted more my writing and less to my site. Something of an omission, on… Continue Reading →

Spreading the word again – presentations to HeadStart International School

There’s nothing quite like the challenge of standing up in front of an audience and talking about what you do and how you do it to clarify your thought processes about being an ‘author’ or ‘writer’ or ‘novelist’. Continue Reading →

A New Cover for Rare Traits

The cover of a book should never be underestimated, despite the famous adage. It’s the flagship for every book, the first thing that is seen on a bookshelf, whether that bookshelf is real or virtual. I think it’s even more important now in the world of ebooks since we are bombarded with book cover images… Continue Reading →

Spreading the word – HK Book reading/Phuket school visit

Book readings are a great way to spread the word about a new release. As reported in an earlier post, about a year ago, a couple of months after Rare Traits was published, I gave a talk about it and a reading of three short passages at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Hong… Continue Reading →

Hard Times with Hard Drives

It’s too easy to become complacent about your hard drives. Crazy really when you consider they are the guardians of your data, the keepers of everything you value that a few years ago you would have kept locked away in your filing cabinet or in photo albums. And yet you take them for granted. Why? Continue Reading →