How many times have I heard that phrase dripping from the great open jawed, best selling authors in the known universe: ‘Hey Bud. Write what you know.’ Ok strictly speaking the ones that have said it weren’t from the American Midwest slap bang in the middle of the fifties but they might as well have been as I contemplated the nugget of wisdom as old as the golden rule itself.
‘Hey I’ve got news for you,’ would have been my reply, if they could have heard me and if they were real and not a conglomeration pulsing within my brain/mind (I can never remember which one it is).
If I wrote what I knew then this would probably be my last blog post, I would have probably replied.
If I’m honest I haven’t got that many interests and certainly not enough to pretend I know a little bit more about it than the next man. And certainly not enough for them to be tearing down the blog walls, clamouring for my particular nuggets.
Then it hit me like an ex-wife in an elevator. (Just kidding people. I haven’t got one of those. They wouldn’t allow it in my building…The elevator not the ex-wife.)
‘What we know’ is everything about life and the human condition. As a writer of fiction its almost like having carte blanche to invent stories with real characters with real emotions and resolutions that we may have reached or would like to reach in our own lives.
We’ve all laughed and loved, sighed and cried, been elevated to the dizzy ecclesiastical heights of ecstasy and scraped each other off the floor when life just seems to stop between floors. Some of us have suffered at the hoven fists of well meaning family members and have come out the otherside with your best writing hand intact or at least we know people that have. Stories abound all around. I guess I got out of the habit of looking for for them.
Write what you know?
WOW! Where do I begin?
I’ll try my best but their really isn’t enough time…
Well here I am again folks, one of those friends who says he’s going to ring but never gets round to it. Believe me when I say it’s not you, it’s me.
Anyway so here’s the latest. Busy busy busy.
A couple of pieces of ghost writing will soon be in the bag and I’m excited that one of them will be featured right here on my blog. Check out R.F. Sylpaisa’s tab at the top of the page. By kind permission she will allow me to feature her short book on The philosophy of Wing Chun, something I have a little bit of experience with on this very blog. Having read the piece which I’m told is scheduled for release some time in August it has worked some kind of magic on me and as a result I’ll be doing my own spiritual stretching with a short book about….Well that would be telling…but I will give you the title. Its called ‘What’s the Frequency Abe?’ And I’m very excited about it. It feels like it’s a book I’ve wanted to write for years, so much so that I’ve hung onto that title for all of fourteen years.
So there you have it. From now until the year end I’ll be chucking myself in with these two spiritual numbers. So watch out for a new book by Miss Sylpaisa and don’t forget to follow my blog for the latest updates. Details of how all that witchcraft is achieved is over there on the left.
See you in the next post.
It’s been far too long since I updated my blog with news and alerts of progress on the forthcoming tomes. There is a reason for this. I have been terribly busy with freelance work and other demanding works, befitting a more seasoned scribbler than myself. But it has meant I could put a bit of money aside to download the latest Angry Birds App; sixty-nine pence well spent, if I do say so myself, even if all it did was to fill in those excavated pits in my head so often referred to as writers block. So in short, progress has been as elusive as Nessies car keys (he should have got one of those gizmo’s that bleep when you clap your hands).
But that was then and this is now.
A First Look at The Cover of New Ghost Story ‘The Occupier’
Unfortunately this has put my deadlines teetering precariously on a ledge. So with appropriate revisions in place I have managed to talk them back from the precipice, smothered them with blankets and reassurances of days in the sun and, consequently put the release of my new book, ‘The Occupier’ back to the middle of June next year. This in itself has been a cathartic exercise, relieving me of the pressure of performing messianic sleight of pen in front of an increasingly dwindling and indifferent audience.
It has also allowed me to organise my projects in order to deliver them in a timely fashion.
More and more I’m reminded of the virtues of a well organised and stocked filing cabinet of ideas, ideas that seem to take on a life of their own, like little children fighting their way to the front, baying for attention until your knees buckle and you find yourself face to face with one more thing that will stopper the free-flow of what you sometimes jokingly refer to as creativity (anyway that’s enough self deprecation for this post). Caging these loveable little monsters in my labyrinth-like filing system has become quite a skill and that in itself may find its way into one of my stories.
So it’s here at the blog, the sharpening stone for the craft, where I’ll attempt to do my stretching exercises before donning my pit boots and start picking at the coal face in an attempt to unearth the occasional gem, as yet only imagined by myself. Plus isn’t it good occasionally to get away from the restraints of the 140 character tweets or the very demanding attention span of the average Facebooker. Don’t get me wrong but when I’m on Facebook I’m not braced to read about the latest theory of why holding a cigarette in one hand while managing a lawnmower with the other can extend your life by an extra couple of years…PEOPLE! Don’t throw it in my face, send me a link so I can ridicule and scorn in my own time. Make me laugh/Cry/Angry for goodness sake. Give me something I can write a blog post about.
As always, Love and Wet Fishes.
Great News that the Derbyshire Libraries have snapped up copies of The Secret Tide for their shelves. So If you fancy a bit of peace and quiet and a nice read then get yourself along and search out a copy for yourself.
Hi everyone. Here’s the short article I submitted to The Writing Magazine who were kind enough to feature my book The Secret Tide.
My manuscript for The Secret Tide was 12 years lost when I finally unearthed it. At the time I was hearing some exciting things about Amazon’s publishing arm as well as the distributing power of Smashwords; both helping authors realise their books into print (in the case of the former) as well as into the electronic market.
Because I only had a manuscript I set about transcribing so I could start the editing process. This was a valuable exercise as it reacquainted me with Tom, Molly and Seymour, three children on a quest to discover the truth of why a much loved member of a village suddenly disappeared and why the mysterious man who lives in the old house on the cliffs is so hell-bent on preventing them from discovering his secret.
Although it was a story with young readers in mind, I have had some wonderful feedback from my adult readers who, by their own admission “couldn’t stop turning pages”.
As for the writing process, I don’t have plots sown up in my head. I usually start with a single idea. In the case of The Secret Tide, I wondered what a child would do if they were suddenly dropped into a village so scarred with the events of some tragedy. The natural inquisitiveness of the young would be enough to stir up the still waters and get the locals looking in the right places. Without another thought in my head, and no clue as to what tragedy had befallen this quiet village I started to write. Soon enough, as the chapters unfolded, the Secret was revealed to me.
Seeing my book in print and holding that physical copy in my hands has been the kick-start I needed to keep going. Now I’m already planning my next two novels.
Many thanks are due to those lovely folks at the Writing Magazine for including my book The Secret Tide in their Members News section. It was a particular thrill for my children whom discovered there dads picture suddenly looking up at them.
Thanks Again Guys.
I’m always grateful to those that approach me and tell me they have my book or have just downloaded it etc. It really is a great feeling that anyone would take the time out to emerge them in the story that you have created and conjured.
Drip, Drip Marketing:
Although I’m not pushing The Secret Tide as much now, instead concentrating on my next novel, ‘The Occupier’ I do get involved in a little bit of what I call Drip, Drip Marketing. And folks it’s the easiest thing you can do on the move. It’s simply this. A gentle reminder to those kind readers who purchase your novel to just leave a simple review/rating with the platform they purchased your book. It is a simple thing but powerful in promoting confidence in your title when readers first encounter your carefully chosen title and book cover design.
Good luck everyone.
The Secret Tide, available Now
Thanks to those people at local magazines Twist and Dronfield Eye for choosing to feature my new book, ‘The Secret Tide’, available as a paperback and across all electronic platforms. For more details about how to get yours go to the ‘Get The Secret Tide Now’ tab above. For those who don’t want to miss out on seeing the magazines heres the picture of me holding my new book. And YES. I did think the shirt was a good idea at the time.
Available across all platforms.
Hi everyone. Great News. The paperback version of my children’s novel, The Secret Tide is now available to order from Amazon. And just in time for Christmas. Click on the link below to go straight to the page.
Some of you sharp-eyed readers out there will have noticed the different cover with the paperback format. Unfortunatley due to technical restrictions I had to redesign the cover. Anyway I hope you like the new cover and it makes a welcome addition to your bookshelf.
Thanks again for all your support through the release of my book. In the new year I will be cracking on with my Novel for adults called The Occupier, which will hopefully send a few chills down a few spines.
I will also continue to market The Secret Tide when and where I can.
Thanks again for your support and don’t forget to review the book at Amazon.
Merry Christmas Alland a very Happy New Year.
With only two days until the release of The Secret Tide direct from Amazon I have now lined up editions that will span all of your ereaders including personal computers.
When these finally come on line you will have a plethera of choice as to how you would like to read my book. Below I’ve listed the major online retailers joining the distribution of The Secret Tide:
SONY, BARNES & NOBLE, KOBO, APPLE, DIESEL, PAGE FOUNDRY, BAKER-TAYLOR’S BLIO and LIBRARY DIRECT
In the meantime you can go direct to the Amazon page now and get a sneek peek of The Secret Tide. Just follow the link below.
Don’t forget: You don’t need a kindle to read my book but you can download the kindle app for whatever device you have.
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Great news from Amazon. With a special preview of the children’s book The Secret Tide Officially released on the 15th they are offering a sneek peek of the first 2 chapters as well as the contents and chapter names. Just click the link below if you want an early-bird edition of the Tide.
Thanks for reading. All the best. More updates soon.
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