I haven't answered a question for ages and a good one has descended upon my inbox, so I thought I'd give it a go.

It's this - how do you cope with a full time job, and writing novels too, not to mention the other teaching and careers work?

Having given it some thought, I'd say the problem is not the answer but the question. I think I get on better because I have another job and lots of other interests.

I have a boredom threshold so low it could be a champion limbo dancer. And if there's one thing... Read more

The Reader's Eyes and a Thank You

I think myself very fortunate to have the readers I do. They're a kind and thoughtful bunch, and with very sharp eyes and minds.

It's been three months since Shadows of Justice was published, and I've been fortunate enough to get lots of feedback, almost all of it warming.

I do love my readers attention to detail. Only today, I got an email pointing out a typo half way through Shadows. It's remarkable how these still get in, given the proof reading and editing, not to mention modern technology, but they somehow do.

I appreciate knowing about them though, as... Read more

Illusions Ruthlessly Shattered

There is a distinction amongst crime writers, which can be put politely or more robustly.

Some of we strange creatures indulge ourselves in the true horror of crime and plunge into the dark and slimy pit of details - about the way people can be attacked, and suffer, and all the psychology that goes with it, and much more besides.

Others prefer skirting around such unpleasantness, preferring the more thoughtful elements of the solving of the mystery and the battle of wits between the good guys and bad.

I'm of the latter breed, as I have no taste for gore.

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The Endgame

I'm coming to the end of writing the new tvdetective book, which is proving an experience both exhilarating and worrying.

The pleasure is seeing all the work come to fruition. The actual penning of the thing takes me about three months, on average.

But there were another six months or so of planning first, and this isn't the end of it by any means. Wasn't it that rather talented writer Hemingway who said "the first draft of anything is s**t"?

Which means there are plenty of re-writes to come - usually five or six - before the manuscript even gets... Read more