Starting out

This is the start of a new daily blog series, about writing my new book "The Burning Girl".It's an historical crime thriller set in 17th century Plymouth, inspired by real events, but also incorporating my love of all things paranormal. You can find out more about it...

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The Burning Girl

Having written five books now, and loads of short pieces, I've had wonderful news - I've been awarded funding from the Arts Council to write a novel about 17th century Plymouth, and the execution of a young servant girl for poisoning her master's family. This is just...

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Remembering D-Day

Crownhill Fort, Plymouth Within the battlements of Crownhill Fort, soldiers from both world wars have scrawled their names on the whitewashed walls, as poignant reminders of their presence in Plymouth. Crownhill Fort was the training ground for many regiments in...

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Setting out Your Stall

Wonderful author Maggie Raynor at Chatsworth Horse Trials, with Forelock Books When I started writing, little did I realise I would have to sell the books as well. Somehow, I thought that was something other people would do for me, but in this brave new world of...

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10 Key Elements of a Great Talk

With Hidden Heritage, 32nd Cornwall Regiment of Foot, and the Ships Project, at Whitsand Fort. With huge thanks to Dave Batten for the image. As the Plymouth History Festival 2015 comes to an end, I thought I'd share my experiences of giving talks.People give talks...

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For the 75th anniversary of Dunkirk

Jimmy Langley From "South West Secret Agents":“Walking wounded only,” was the disappointing response as the ambulance left Lieutenant Jimmy Langley of the Coldstream Guards on the beach at Dunkirk, still on his stretcher, just a few hundred yards from...

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Messy Thinking

So I’ve started on the sequel to Spirit and the Magic Horsebox. I’ve done the complete story outline and the first few chapters and I’m stuck. It’s not moving forward from there. Not something my publisher wants to hear, but...

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Don’t Show, Don’t Tell – Share

The cast of 'Penny Dreadful', image copyright: Sky Atlantic/ Showtime. How  great story-tellers connect with their audience...I was watching the first episode of season 2 of Penny Dreadful last night (It’s on Sky Atlantic. If you're not a subscriber,...

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World Book Night

Next week I'll be appearing at Plymouth Central Library for World Book Night. I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also nervous - I'm always nervous about presentations and I'm not sure of the audience at this one. Will there be a big crowd? Will any of them have...

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