I Don’t Know What to Write!

I’m a terrible procrastinator. I could represent Scotland in the Avoiding What You Should Be Doing olympics, such is my talent for being busy with anything except writing. And does this proficiency make me happy? No. So why do I do it? I was chatting about my low word count to Gary Parkin yesterday evening. “I want to write,” I moaned, “I just can’t decide which project to do.” “You know what you want to write,” he said. “No, I don’t.” “Yes, you do. You know what you WANT to write but you’re getting confused by things you think you SHOULD be writing.” “But…” He’s right. It pains me to admit it, but he’s absolutely spot on. I have three main projects on the go: Close To Home (crime fiction), The Maths Man Prophecies (black comedy) and The Knife Thrower’s Assistant...

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My Creative Process – The Grand Blog Tour

Firstly, many thanks to Abi Burlingham who nominated me to take part in the Grand Blog Tour for creative types. The whole point of these tours is to encourage new visitors to your blog so if this is your first time at my particular madhouse, hello, welcome and please come again. If you’re a regular visitor you already know not to put your hands near the cage bars and under no account to feed the exhibits. Unless it’s chocolate. Unless it’s chocolate for me. And booze. And….ahem. Each participant in the blog tour has four questions to answer, so here goes. What are you working on? I have more projects on the go than is healthy. To get me actually writing I work on a little bit of “Senga McGurk’s Guide Tae Glesga: An A to Z.” Senga has...

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The Green-Eyed Monster by Mike Robinson

I don’t pretend to totally understand chaos theory: butterflies flapping their wings on the other side of the world seem distant and, if I’m honest, rather insignificant to me. Jealousy and envy – that I get. Who hasn’t been a little envious when their friend got the boy, the job, the promotion…? Mike Robinson skillfully blends chaos with jealousy and supernatural horror in The Green-eyed Monster, a book filled with characters as eerie and strange as anything thought up by King or Koontz. James Becker and Martin Smith are writers so alike they are almost the same person. They were born at virtually the same time in virtually the same place and echo each other’s lives from school onwards. But the boys are deadly rivals, each trying to outdo the other at...

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If Only I Knew…

My debut self-published story collection ‘And The Angels Cried and other stories’ is launched on Amazon Kindle tomorrow. I’ve hardly slept for a week and have been obsessively checking and double checking everything. I can do no more. I have read, with great interest, many blogs written by friends and colleagues who have gone down a similar path to mine and have found them, without exception, to be filled with great advice for the novice self-publisher. Without their help, the tricky process of formatting, negotiating the author interface on Amazon and pricing dilemma would have been much, much harder. But what I haven’t been prepared for is the sheer emotional anxiety of the process. Maybe it’s just me. I don’t normally...

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Interview with Sandra Goroff – Part 1

In the first of an occasional series of Q & A from Boston based international literary and arts publicist Sandra Goroff, here are her thoughts on how publishing has changed since she entered the profession. When I first arrived at Boston based Houghton Mifflin Company’s Trade and Reference Division on July 26, 1982, publishing was quickly coming to the end of its “golden era.” Our then CEO described it as a culture vs. a business and the publisher wooed and flattered authors by saying, “we don’t publish books, we publish authors.” This was an environment that thrived on the creativity of its quirky cast of characters and management (loosely defined) gave editors lots of wiggle room in which to invent, innovate, discover,...

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