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Visualising

One thing I love about writing is visualising a scene in my head and trying to capture it in words. The author’s job is to get the reader to forget where they are and what’s going on around them, and absorb them fully in the events and characters on the page. With writing mythology, that [...]

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A trip to the British Museum

I visited my publisher again this week. We discussed the edit of Wrath of the Gods, the second instalment in my Heracles series, which could be released as early as late October. We also talked about a new cover for Son of Zeus – something with more action and drama than the current artwork. This [...]

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Bleeding on the page

George Lucas said about writing the original script for Star Wars: “When I sit down, I bleed on the page, and it’s just awful… It’s a terrible way to live. But I do it; I sit down and I do it. I can’t get out of my chair until five o’clock or five thirty… It’s [...]

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May the Toys be with You

Yesterday, I went to the opening of the newest exhibition at Leicester’s New Walk Museum. I first went to the museum when I was a boy in the 1970s and fell in love with the displays of dinosaur skeletons and ancient Egyptian artefacts. It used to have a pair of big Russian guns out front, [...]

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Disney’s Darker Side

In a few week’s time I’ll be in Disneyland California. I watched a few Disney films as a kid in the 1970s, but it wasn’t their best period (compare the quality of artwork for Aristocats, Robin Hood and Pete’s Dragon with what came before and after) so I didn’t become a big fan. That all [...]

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Feedback

Feedback. Love it or loathe it, as an author you certainly can’t ignore it. When I was first published, my fragile ego was so terrified of bad reviews and feedback that I would ask my wife to read everything first. Nowadays, I’m more thick skinned. Not that it isn’t disheartening to receive a negative comment, [...]

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Paperback Update

I’ve received an update from Canelo about launching Son of Zeus in paperback. As mentioned in previous posts, Canelo specialise in publishing e-books and have not yet ventured into the world of producing hard copies. To do this, they have to partner with a company that can produce print copies. They also have to set [...]

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Quick Writes

I’m suffering a rare bout of writer’s block at the moment, which I put down to lack of sleep. The second Heracles book is as good as finished and 95% edited, but I’ve decided to write a new prologue from scratch and am getting nowhere with it. I’ve already wasted two days on it, and [...]

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The Greatest Deaths of the Greatest Writers

I once thought it would be a good idea to write a book about the deaths of some of history’s greatest writers. Long before the days of PCs and the internet, I’d stumbled across a few stories of the untimely demises of several authors and decided to keep notes. I’ll never write that book now, [...]

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Ten years a published author!

Ten years ago this week I became a published author. The launch party for King of Ithaca took place on Friday 5th June in my local branch of Waterstones. I gave a speech in front of nearly 90 people and signed lots of copies of the book that I had started nine years earlier. Afterwards, [...]

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