Believability depends on accuracy

Why careful research is vital I’m writing my 12th book, but the one I’ve felt most attached to is Book 3 of my historical trilogy set in 1937-1951, A Relative Invasion. I called Book 3 “Impact” – indicating the dramatic …

Characters save plot

Period crime drama serial Dandelion Dead with Michael Kitchen and Sarah Miles was presented some while ago as a TV mini-series. I binge-watched one wet night. It held my attention until the end. And what an end! Its impact entirely …

Characters show themselves.

Do you often find yourself well into your plot before realising you haven’t written any character description for your own record? Planners may well have copious notes about each character’s life history, their personal habits, colouring, hair style and fashion …

Turning to Art through fiction

I have a keen interest in cross-fertilization. This post is about turning to Art through fiction. This post was sparked by turning to Art programmes on TV during lockdown. At a time of constant real-life drama, fictional crises and any …

Psychological fiction

What are they thinking? Inside UNCOMMON RELATIONS I write psychological fiction: that is, narratives that emphasize the interior lives of the characters—not just what they do, but why? What are they thinking and what circumstances has prompted them to behave …

AND NOW THE MEN HAVE THEIR SAY…

…Or do they? The companion collection to Me-Time Tales is devoted to men curious by nature or life-style, but it’s invaded by certain women… Something different! Short stories that surprise, pique and intrigue. Curious Men. These short stories delve into …