February 14, 2019

Going Home

No, not me, in any sense of the phrase, but my future daughter-in-law. She and my son are off to Lanzhou for  Chinese  New Year. It’s the year of the pig, fyi.

I thought getting around Shanghai last year was pretty tough, given that we did so in a week of...

March 13, 2018

This week I’m abandoning Nathan Hawk, whose latest  appearance on BookBub (Haggard Hawk, the first I ever wrote)  brought a staggering 60 odd thousand downloads, and many requests to follow it up with another gruesome crime to solve. Which I will do, just as soon as I’...

February 12, 2018

It happens all the time, except on this occasion I can’t really ignore it or hope that it’ll pass.

I’m talking about the  weird and wonderful business of slogging away at the writing project in hand and suddenly being interrupted by a great idea for something completel...

January 18, 2018

I’ve grown to loath and avoid two small words in the last few months, largely because of their hidden purpose. They’ve never offended me before, in fact both are remarkable by their insignificance, but now they can be heard daily, hourly, on television and radio interv...

October 19, 2017

“When they get out, we’ll be waiting…”

Who said that? And about whom?

It gave me the idea for Easy Prey, which is being promoted by BookBub October 21st.

But it wasn’t a straight steal on my part, or an easy write, just the inspiration behind it.  I kept seeing two sides...

September 20, 2017

There’s a drama series on BBC1 at the moment called Rellik and it’s hit the deck in spectacular fashion. Far from being a scandi noir offering, as the title might suggest, it’s simply ‘killer’ backwards, which makes you groan before you even get to the opening scene. O...

August 22, 2017

         I can’t tell you how difficult it is to write about people you know! I don’t mean the cannon fodder (in writing terms!)  you meet in passing, or even people you see every day and would say you knew …  reasonably well. They’re dead easy to draw without a shred...

August 1, 2017

I’m always banging on about misuse of language, but my current beef is with the word ‘mischievous’. 

Who put the ‘i’ in it and made it ‘mischiev-i-ous’?

It doesn’t really fall into the category of language reshaping  itself with use. It doesn’t make it easier to pronou...

June 22, 2017

Sometime in the last century I was the Script Editor of an iconic television police series called Z Cars - (If you remember it you should probably be in a museum). Because of the sheer amount of drama the BBC was making then the Producer suggested that we cast around f...

June 8, 2017

Just as I was starting to believe the Brits could no longer make decent TV drama (with the exception of Black Mirror) and that we’d handed the baton to Europe and America, along come two series to stand that on its head. The first is Jimmy McGovern’s ‘Broken’ - so much...

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