Welcome to my blog on Writing and Researching a Novel. There are many blogs on how to write and where to find the necessary skills. MY blog is different but why? In this blog I’ll let you about the hurdles I’ve overcome to self publish FIVE books: Three crime thrillers from my Culture Crime Series:… Continue reading 1. Writing and Researching a Novel
Welcome to my blog on Four Steps to Research a Novel. I was reading a novel recently and there was a scene set in a town in Spain that I know every well. The author (who shall remain nameless) talked about walking along the promenade and buying a tourist hat and candy floss, and although… Continue reading 2. Four Steps to Research a Novel
Welcome to my blog on Location, Location, Location. I’m fortunate to have worked in the travel and tourism sector for over thirty years. This allowed me to travel extensively, meet interesting people and learn about foreign cultures and lifestyles. I was lucky to work in a sociable industry that’s fun and often conversational, and where… Continue reading 3. Location, Location, Location.
Welcome to my blog on Writing about Opera in Golden Icon. As an aspiring author with no track record of having anything published I felt a fraud asking “experts” for their help. But I had an idea for GOLDEN ICON (my first published novel) and I knew I needed some professional, expert advice. By chance, that same… Continue reading 4. Writing about Opera in Golden Icon
Welcome to my blog on Writing about Travel. You might think that having worked in the travel industry for thirty years writing travel articles would come easily to me but in fact it doesn’t. For me they are one of the hardest things to write. Each of the novels in my Culture Crime Series is set in… Continue reading 5. Writing about Travel
Welcome to my blog on Writing History and Linking it to Today. Do you believe in coincidence or fate? I came up with the idea of GOLDEN ICON when I was at Queen’s University Belfast studying for my MA in Creative Writing. It began as my dissertation that became the foundation for my first novel… Continue reading 6. Writing History and Linking It To Today
Welcome to my blog on Writing about Art. Having written and published GOLDEN ICON, my original idea was to then write a trilogy. I wanted to expand upon Josephine Lavelle’s character but as the story evolved she became a protagonist that most people would not feel empathy for: a once famous diva, cocaine addict with… Continue reading 7. Writing about Art