Odd acknowledgements

I've just been reading through The Judgement Book, and all seems well, with perhaps one little exception.

The acknowledgements are the oddest I've ever written.

I can't remember when I wrote them, but I'm wondering if I might have had a drink or two at the time, or was feeling light headed.

They're certainly creative, to put it mildly!

I won't spoil it for you by saying any more, but if you do have a look, I hope you find them endearing, rather than just mad.

Thanks to Amazon, who are kindly offering The Judgement Book at an introductory discount... Read more


...if you'll excuse me putting it that way.

My copies of The Judgement Book have just arrived, hence the excitement and the rather odd title for this blog.  It's like being a child on Xmas morning!

It all looks rather good, in my humble opinion.  You never quite know how a book is going to turn out until you hold it.  For all the proofs you get sent of the cover, the only way of really knowing how it'll come out is when you see it.

And I'm very pleased with this one.

That, incidentally, is why I think these... Read more


Where do I get the names for my characters, I'm asked.

The answer is a mix of places.  Some I simply hear or see in the course of this thing called life.  The doctor in the tvdetective series, Silifant for example - I borrowed his name from a firm of undertakers in Exeter, just because I thought it was such a great one.  It felt to me as if it summed up an aged and grumpy medic.  It's odd how some names do that - they seem to describe the person.

I often leaf through the phone book to get... Read more


This morning, I realised - with something of a shock - that it's only three weeks until the first of my talks to promote The Judgement Book.

Thus, some of today has been spent thinking about what to say!

The good news is that, in the course of my strange life, I think I've accumulated enough to amuse, interest and hopefully even entertain you for an hour or so.

So, if you'd like to know the rather embarrassing reason why I always carefully check the flies of my trousers before a talk, how I've been most severely told off by... Read more

Writing discipline

A question arrives, about how I discipline myself to write a book.

The answer is that I don't have to.  I enjoy writing immensely and think of it as my hobby.  The fact that people seem to enjoy it too, and want to know more about the adventures of Dan and Adam just makes it even better. 

I don't even set myself a target of how many words to write in a day or a week.  I've found that to be counterproductive.  It puts me under pressure, which is a sure way to scare off any creativity or inspiration. ... Read more

New site

In case you hadn't noticed, the website's had an update - have a look at the new home page -

It's all in preparation for the launch of The Judgement Book.  I'm rather fond of the book's cover, which now dominates the site's banner, and I hope you like it too.  It strikes me as attention grabbing, something that should be easily spotted on a shop bookshelf, and nicely in keeping with the TV camera theme of The Death Pictures and Evil Valley.

Large amounts of work goes into the book jackets, with ideas and drafts often going... Read more

Crime Fiction Day and a wedding

The feedback from the Crime Fiction Day / Oxfam Bookfest has come in, and is uniformly and pleasantly positive.  Writers from across the country reported good turnouts of enthusiastic readers at Oxfam bookstores for their events, in one case sufficient to mean the talk and book signing had to be moved to a local pub where there was more room.

Thus!  It looks like the Crime Writers Association will be holding another event next year, and this time it may grow - 7 fold to be exact.  So as not to tie writers and readers down to one particular day,... Read more

Almost there...

Not in life, that would be far too philosophical for me - no, I'm talking about The Judgement Book.

The letterbox creaked and the doorstep thudded with the final version of the manuscript earlier this week.  My poor postman must hate me, with all the weight he has to lug around on my behalf, but that's by and by.  The important thing is that we're almost there with having it ready for publication.

I'm about half way through this last read through, and still finding the odd little typo, spelling or punctuation error. I was thinking how remarkable/annoying that is... Read more