Flash Fiction: Knights of Cydonia

‘You are the best warrior in Bimbongia,’ said the king. ‘But could you beat a knight of Cydonia?’ ‘I have heard they are mighty, Majesty.’ ‘Humungous, Garalopmop. But to earn my respect, you… Continue reading

Which font do you like?

We’re working on the cover for Perfume Island and there are 3,592,128 fonts to choose from. However I’ve whittled them down to six – which one do you prefer? Perhaps not exactly that… Continue reading

Flics and Flicks

‘And the police?’ asked Antoine. ‘Who’s in charge? We’re deep in gendarme territory here.’ To someone not French, that might seem a little opaque. Gendarme territory? What’s that? Well, actually, it’s simple: in… Continue reading

Flash Fiction: Once again yesterday

‘Nothing new under the sun,’ said Hank. ‘Yet you can’t go down to the same river twice.’ Maggie wiggled her fingers, letting the varnish dry. ‘Huh?’ ‘Doesn’t make sense. It’s contradictory.’ ‘Hey, what… Continue reading

The iWitness

They wrap around your eyes like welders’ goggles, letting in no light except what gets through the lenses, which must be half an inch thick. What you see is a murky brown blur,… Continue reading

Zapping the typo

If you’ve written a book, a good tip, which I generally ignore, is to read it backwards. After all, readers can be strange, so it’s not a bad idea to check that it’s just… Continue reading

Special flash fiction offer! Sh-Boom!

Happy whatever, she thought, driving back. That’s what they’d said. A surprise. We’ll be happy whatever. A red light. The brakes squealed. Concentrate. But she was back there, the transducer sliding over the… Continue reading

Greetings, Subscribers!

When I realised, somewhat belatedly, that you can’t be an author today without an author platform, I started a blog. But then I read that no author platform is complete without a newsletter. I’m still… Continue reading

Aston Martins and Broomsticks

15 keys to One Green Bottle. N° 6: The detective plaque. A novel has to be plausible. Not close to the real world, but plausible in the world of the novel. So in… Continue reading

Flash Fiction: Inflation

‘He’s still in love with you. He wants you to know that. Whatever happens, you can count on him.’ Felicity smiled. ‘Thank you so much. You can’t imagine what it means to me.’… Continue reading