Five reasons to have a messy desk

Five Reasons To Have A Messy Desk

​What do I have in common with Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg?No, it’s not that I’m a genius, though it’s very kind of you to suggest it.You’ll never guess so I’ll tell you: we all have messy desks. Or in the case of Albert and Steve, had messy desks. There’s a lot of […]

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To swear or not to swear

To Swear Or Not To Swear – That Is The Fecking Question

The use of profanity in books has always been a controversial question. Readers range in attitudes from not being in the least bit concerned to finding it offensive and refusing to read books containing swear words. Mention the subject to any group of authors, and you’ll end up in a lively discussion as to the […]

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My Five Reading Pet Peeves

My Five Reading Pet Peeves

In a book I was reading recently, it got to the bit where the couple were in a clinch and things were hotting up. As they were kissing, she ‘felt his nature rising.’Seriously? I’ve read a lot of coy phrases describing erections, but that was a first. It somehow reminded me of being in a […]

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Twelve Things Never To Say To A Writer

Twelve Things Never To Say To A Writer

Occupation: otherNow that I’m a full-time author I can legitimately write it on official forms that ask me for my occupation – although for those that give you a category to select, author is never there. Not even writer or anything writing-related. So I have to choose ‘other’ or ‘self-employed’, which are vague and bland […]

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How the best laid plans can go awry

How The Best Laid Plans Can Go Awry

Don’t you just love a fresh start – a blank sheet of paper in the book of your life to fill in as the year progresses? I always start each new year with curiosity and anticipation, wondering what it will bring.Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, ‘Life can only be understood backwards but it can only […]

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why you should get out of your reading comfort zone dog on towel with book

Why You Should Get Out Of Your Reading Comfort Zone

The words ‘comfort zone’ are bandied around a lot these days. Self-development experts are always telling us to get out of it. I like the sound of a comfort zone and the images it evokes – I picture myself curled up on my couch surrounded by books, chocolate and coffee, with a large sign nearby […]

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Steinbeck stuck on the title page

Book Titles – What’s In a Name?

Steinbeck’s pain is my pain I love that cartoon, not only because it makes me laugh, but because I can feel Steinbeck’s pain. It’s exactly what I’ve been going through for the last few months as I was writing my novella – I could not for the life of me come up with a title for […]

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The Elephant House Edinburgh

Why Do Writers Love To Write In Coffee Shops?

Since becoming a full-time writer I’ve become a cliché – I love writing in coffee shops. I’ve written in a previous post about my local library being my favourite office away from home, but coffee shops come in as equal favourite.IT’S A TRADITIONIn my defence, I’m continuing to uphold a fine and noble tradition of […]

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How To Write Book Reviews On Amazon

How To Write Book Reviews On Amazon

It’s tough being a reader these days – that is, if you buy your books on Amazon. You can’t just read the book, enjoy it and go on to the next one. No, siree!Not only have you got the author asking you (very nicely, of course) to post a review on Amazon for them, and […]

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duck reading a book

My Good Read Recommendations

Here in Australia we’re in the middle of winter and over the last few days many areas have experienced particularly cold snaps. On Queensland’s Sunshine Coast where I live, we shiver and rug up if it gets below 18 degrees Centigrade. (64 degrees Farenheit). Regardless of where you live, there’s nothing more comforting in winter […]

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