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When I accepted a book contract with John Hunt Publishing's imprint, Compass Books, I knew I’d need to be involved with the marketing. I think all publishers require that to some extent these days. ...
Prologue It’s a sorry fact, but vampires aren’t what they used to be. I should know because I’m the last remaining member of my species from the ancient world; although if I’m brutally hone...
Chiller is short for spine-chiller, which means a book, film etc. that arouses terror. A thriller means a book, film, play etc. which depicts a crime, mystery or espionage in an atmosphere of excit...
According to Margaret Atwood, writers are like jackdaws – ‘we steal the shiny bits, and build them into the structures of our own disorderly nests’. This piece is all about a shiny bit I came ac...
All writers want to create compelling and believable characters – and they can with just a smidgen of astrological know-how. The zodiac signs are instantly recognisable archetypes with which a reade...
When I started writing for the food, health and gardening markets it was a rocky road, littered with disappointment and rejection. But fortunately, with perseverance and determination, I’ve sinc...
It all began with the letter Q. Or rather, with lots of words beginning with the letter Q. As a child I’d enjoyed doing word search puzzles on long car journeys, and I had the idea of creating a wor...