And On The Seventh Day I Published: the joys of world-building

All fiction writers have a God complex – they want to be a creator. Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, in which a scientist usurped the role of God by creating a sentient creature. It was intended to be regarded as a shocking blasphemy that could only lead to disaster, but it’s something that fiction writers haveContinue reading “And On The Seventh Day I Published: the joys of world-building”

Caught Doing the Bear by Leslie Scase

Originally posted on Crime Cymru:
Each week, we invite our Crime Cymru authors to tell us a bit about themselves and their writing. In this fascinating article, Leslie Scase tackles the difficult matter of getting the language right in historical fiction. In this article I am going to express some of my personal views on the…

INSIDE OUT: a journey to the centre of the mind.

My new book, Inside Out, published May 12th, is a book about a journey. It wouldn’t be the first, because journeys have always been more than a means of getting from A to B. Hogwart wizards can apparate, transporting instantly to another place, but that hardly counts. A proper journey is a voyage of discoveryContinue reading “INSIDE OUT: a journey to the centre of the mind.”

Pantser (Sociopath) or Plotter (Psychopath)? Take my quiz! #Writing #humor

Originally posted on Barb Taub:
A look back inspired by Greg Small’s essay here. A friend asked me to tell her how to write a book. “Um…you just type words,” I told her. “With, you know… a computer. There are some books on writing and stuff. I’ve never read any of them, but I hear…

Past, Present and Future: histfic v scifi

I’ve had six novels published, some contemporary, some historical, and now I’m going mad and publishing a SciFi novel set a couple of centuries in the future. In theory, it should be more of a challenge to write about a time that we know nothing about and situations that may never happen, with people whoContinue reading “Past, Present and Future: histfic v scifi”

The Write Place – My Writing Space by Thorne Moore

Originally posted on Crime Cymru:
Every now and then, one of our Crime Cymru authors is brave enough to offer us a glimpse of the place where they write. This week, Thorne Moore shows off the tidiest desk any of us has ever seen, and reveals the beautiful spot where the writing really happens. This is…

Coming Shortly: Inside Out

I write domestic noir, psychological crime and historical mysteries. I have six novels out there (and more on the way), and I think I’ve got the hang of it, so any sane person would stick with it. But instead I am now side-stepping into Science Fiction. Why? Mainly because of Covid-19. The first lock-down ofContinue reading “Coming Shortly: Inside Out”

BOOKCASE with Alison Layland

Originally posted on Crime Cymru:
In this series, we invite our Crime Cymru authors to showcase an excerpt from their books. This week, Alison Layland writes in praise of the prologue in crime fiction, with illustrations from her novels, Someone Else’s Conflict and Riverflow. Begin at the beginning Sound, if obvious, advice. But where is the…

BOOKCASE – Falling Creatures by Katherine Stansfield

Originally posted on Crime Cymru:
In this series, we invite our Crime Cymru authors to showcase an excerpt from one of their books. This week, Katherine Stansfield offers a fascinating insight into beginnings and ends and their roles and the powerful relationship that exists between them. The first page: an end in the beginning The…