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  • When Mussolini came to visit

    When Mussolini came to visit

    Researching a bizarre range of topics, is for me one of the great joys of being a novelist. Yes it comes with its perils. The internet is a far too distracting place for most authors as it is, but if you use a historic setting for your stories then the distractions of the on-line world are completely unavoidable and it becomes more a question of which rabbit hole will you disappear down first rather than whether you will fall down one at all. Read more…

  • Inconvenient inspirations

    Inconvenient inspirations

    There are many things I like about the crafting of a new novel, though I admit there are always times when it’s more a long slog than a joy. For me, it invariably starts with that first kernel of an idea that can come from almost anywhere. Read more…

  • It’s a bit different to how I thought it would be. . .

    It’s a bit different to how I thought it would be. . .

    Keeping a journal is a bit odd sometimes. I’ve been keeping a sporadic journal of my thoughts and perspectives for just over twenty years now, which sounds a lot, but in some years I might only make half a dozen entries while in others I might make an entry every couple of weeks. Read more…