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Tripe, anyone?

The best books in the world are heavily edited because, let’s face it, we tend to regurgitate a lot of rubbish.  We can’t all be R K Narayan and submit an almost immaculate work.  Even garnished with a slice of lemon and … Continue reading

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My Writing Corner

A fan (you know who you are) asked me why, in all my publicity photos, there is only a picture of my writing chair and why the bookshelf next to it is full of cookery books.  First – seriously?  You zoomed … Continue reading

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Cats And Dogs

My short stories have transferred from Smashwords to the ibookstore and translated the ‘teen fiction’ category to ‘children’s stories’.  When I look at the downloads I find that in the ‘customers also bought’ section are books for young children.  Of course, … Continue reading

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A King of Fools

For a while now I have been toying with doing a course in creative writing at Oxford and I have been looking into the MSt.  Now, it isn’t that I think I need it, nor is it that I think … Continue reading

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…speaking Japanese, I think I’m speaking Japanese…

I really think so, because my publisher and I just can’t get the cover design right.  I want something edgy, graffiti-ish and grungy and he keeps submitting cover designs with clean-cut, sharp fonts that speak of squeaky clean kitchens on … Continue reading

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Falling Into The Wave

I read once that it is easier to write about the horrible side of life than happiness.  I’ve been looking through my dictionary (yes, I am one of those!) and so far I have found there to be more words to … Continue reading

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The Elephant In The Garden

You know that weird expression about big commonly-known secrets that no-one talks about, the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’ at dinner parties?  Well, I have an elephant in my garden, on the terrace to be exact.  It is a baby elephant … Continue reading

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