Archive for the General Category

Book Cover Advice for Indie Authors (By an Artist!)

  Don’t judge a book by its cover. Sorry, I couldn’t even type that with a straight face. Everybody judges a book by its cover and even more so in the realm of indie authors. Why? Because we’re shallow? No, it’s because a professional cover hints at […]

Read more

Black Storm (Blurb World Premiere!)

  To protect his child, he’s going to have to outrun the apocalypse. These are the last days. The Black Storm – a permanent state of darkness has engulfed the Earth, plunging the world into eternal night and robbing humanity of both sunlight and hope. Out of […]

Read more

Black Storm – Coming in 2018

  About three and a half weeks ago I had a writing plan for 2018. It was almost set in stone. I knew exactly what I was going to write and when I was going to write it. Now, after a visit home to Scotland over the […]

Read more

Sleeping Giants – The New Future of London Novel

  Sleeping Giants – the new Future of London novel is coming! The fourth instalment of this dark dystopian series will be released on Wednesday October 4th. Now it’s time for the blurb ‘World Premiere’ (yes I really just wrote that) and I’m happy to share it […]

Read more

The Coolest Gangs on the Big Screen

  Street gangs. They’re colourful and funky. Who here remembers Swan and Ajax strutting their stuff on the dark streets of 1970s New York in The Warriors? And the other gangs, remember them? The Baseball Furies? The Electric Eliminators? Of course you know what I’m talking about. […]

Read more

Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines (And Ghosts of London)

  Here we go again. There’s a new Gillespie title on the way and I’m going mental. The build-up to a book release is insane. Just insane. There are so many things to do it’s surprising that more authors’ heads don’t spontaneously combust all over their laptops. […]

Read more

Whatever Happened to Ivan Drago?

  The ‘what if?’ question. It lies at the heart of all the best speculative fiction. It’s a simple little two-word question that can lead to so many great premises that span multiple genres – alternate history, science fiction, horror, dystopian, apocalyptic – to name but a […]

Read more

Authors! Why Kittens Are Not Your Friends

  Writing with pets – especially young ones – is tough.  It’s a unique challenge all on its own.   Yes, I’m sure children are hard work too but do they crawl up the curtains like hairy-tailed ninjas and tear out the fly screen just to annoy […]

Read more

Movie Recommendations – T2 Trainspotting and Logan

  After a couple of weeks binging on Hammer Horror movies at home (Yes I still prefer blood that looks like paint and fake, crappy looking bats with strings attached over CGI), I finally got back to the cinema to see something new. Here are a few […]

Read more

Amazon Ads for Authors – A Few Tips

Hey everyone, This isn’t an in depth post on Amazon ads.  It’s just a few thoughts based on my initial experience using Amazon’s handy wee marketing tool.  If you’re just starting out and are looking for a fairly comprehensive guide on how to get things going with […]

Read more
Page 1 of 41234

Latest Posts

My Latest Tweets

Join My Reader List