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2017 – Productivity Or Else

  Happy New Year everyone.  First of all, best wishes for the next twelve months.  And that goes double to you Bill Murray and all our other international treasures who didn’t die last year. Okay.  This is a short post about productivity, what I did with my […]

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L-2011 is now FREE!

  Hello everyone, It’s almost Christmas and it’s time to give you all a wee gift 🙂 To mark this week’s release of Mr Apocalypse – the second book in the Future of London series – I’m delighted to announce that the first book , L-2011, is […]

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Mr Apocalypse – The Blurb

  This is the blurb for Mr Apocalypse (Future of London #2) – Out 20th December London has been cut off from the rest of civilisation. The people there abide by no rules. There is no police presence. No laws or consequences. There is only the ravaged […]

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Ideasville

  Writers.  Do you have it?  That one location where creative ideas breed like rabbits? Otherwise known as Ideasville. And just for the record – Ideasville is not the desk.  The desk is a dark, cold and terrible place where in the normal course of things, mental […]

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A Few Thoughts on The Beatles: Eight Days A Week

  I’m a big Beatles fan.  I’ve probably been a fan for about twenty-five years of my life.  That’s a lot of reading Beatle books, learning the songs, watching countless documentaries and more recently, finding rare interviews and other little titbits on YouTube.  So as I was […]

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The 5 best Fiction Books I Ever Read

  I’m not saying the five best fiction books ever.  All that ‘the best’ stuff is subjective anyway.  I’m not saying these are the greatest pieces of literature either – whatever that’s supposed to mean.  These are just my personal favourites and so to me, they’re all […]

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FAB: The Fifth Angel (The Blurb)

  1995. John Lennon. Whereabouts unknown. The former Beatle and US Presidential candidate – who took the world to the brink of nuclear war in 1988 – has disappeared, seemingly off the face of the earth. Frank Vogel is the FBI agent who let Lennon slip through […]

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It’s Your Unique Voice (Or Why Everyone Has the Right to Write)

  Has the rise of self-publishing tainted the ‘purity’ of books? Yes, that does sound pretentious.  Tell me about it.  I was going to write ‘fuck off’ under that first sentence because that’s what I really feel like saying to those who subscribe to this idea.  Believe […]

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How To Use Pop Culture In Your Alternate Histories

  What if the Axis Powers had won the Second World War?  What if the Confederates had won the American Civil War?  What if Napoleon had won the Battle of Waterloo?  Or what if the Roman Empire was still intact? The majority of alternate histories focus on […]

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Write Fast, Write Lots: Why Quantity Leads To Quality

  The best piece of marketing advice for authors (in my humble opinion) is to write another book.  The second best piece of marketing advice is to write another book.  Yep, so keep writing, you get where it’s going.  It’s that simple and that hard.  You have […]

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