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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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Symbols of Authority

I took my eldest daughter to see the Crown Jewels at the weekend. It was a warm, sunny day, and rather than the two hours I’d expected to spend at the Tower of London, we spent five. We joined a tour by a Yeoman of the Guard – a beefeater – who informed us that [...]

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Lightning

If you live in the UK, you probably got woken up at 3am by a violent and noisy thunderstorm. I watched it with my wife from our bedroom window, soon to be accompanied by the kids. The lightning was coming down every four or five seconds at one point, and the thunder was loud enough [...]

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UK-US Relations

      I watched the royal wedding with my family today. Beautiful weather, gorgeous setting, lots of pageantry – a great advertisement for England and the UK. I also liked the American flavouring – a passionate sermon from Bishop Curry, and I loved the choir singing Stand By Me. Nice, also, to think that [...]

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