Not young, not ancient; not beautiful, not plain; not exotic, not bland - it seems I’m average. Let’s hope the writing is not. And have I always wanted nothing else than the writer’s life? - no. But I want it now, after some time doing what most of us do - waste youth, get married (happily), raise a family, and look about at the wide world.
I’ve written a few pieces for publication, done a writing-connected course, and have partially completed several longer stories which will, with gritty effort, see the light of public appraisal.
With my novel Bad Day in Byzantium published, I considered if I and other writers shared writing techniques? I checked. Horror! I’d done it wrong. So here's some novel-writing advice. It’s about basics like engaging story; drive; good and bad guys; plot strength; characterisation; dialogue;conflict; tight writing etc. It’s short and sharp - no lecturing. Wish I’d read something like this first.
Kevin McCloud's true feelings about what passes for architecture appear to be well hidden. In direct proportion to the featured owner-idiocy-index, KMac assumes the temperament of the reasonable man. As the owners' naivety / arrogance / imprudence / crassness increases so does KMac's professional balance and just assessment. But look past his mild qualms as expressed to
Murder, rape, persecution and random acts of cruelty - this is the fare dealt up to the weak and defenceless lodgers of the crumbling mansion ‘Beauregard’ by its resident managers, the identical twins Asquith and Bacon Mudeford.
But forces are at work to change all that.
Archie the Royal Hot Water Bottle
on April 14, 2012
What a surprise - one of those books that sneaks up on you.
It starts as engaging entertainment and then adds character, depth and intrigue. It sparkles with plot adventures and fantasy twists, bringing to life two unlikely members of the royal retinue and their co-conspirators.
'Archie' is heartwarming, comic and at times harrowing, but like all good adventures it drew me into its world and had me wanting more.
Simply put, this book is very readable and full of fun, with a keen eye to the delights of human nature and imagination.
on July 05, 2014
Who would have thought that the murky world of fakes and forgeries - postage stamps and English banknotes in this book - could lead to bombing, kidnapping, murder and men tracked down like beasts in the forests of the chateaux of the Loire.
Victor Roth is the eponymous hero, a cultured and wealthy forgery specialist in Interpol, who makes the transition from academic intelligence analyst to crusading field agent in pursuit of counterfeiters and cold-blooded killers.
Spiced by a cast that leap off the page - Roth’s frustrated action-man boss, his long-suffering detective lover, a gritty English copper, an aristocratic uncle/father with a tortured past, a swindling American collector-turned-murderer, vicious gangsters and corrupt politicians - Roth propels the reader through mystery and drama, action and romance to a gripping re-enactment of primitive boar slaughter.
Roth can be rightly described as unputdownable.