Sincere Request for Reviews & A New Competition

Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in Competitions

  Hi all, My new novel, The Manhattan Puzzle, came out ten days ago. It’s doing pretty good. You should find it in most major UK & Irish bookshops, in many on the front tables as above. It will also be in shops in Canada, Australia and New Zealand soon. In the US I expect it will only be available on Amazon and on iTunes and on the other major online sites. PLEASE review it on Amazon,whatever you think. Positive & negative views are welcome. You can do so...

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Short Post: Nominated for Crime Writing Award

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in On Writing

My first novel, The Istanbul Puzzle, has just been shortlisted for the Irish crime novel of the year award 2012. Everyone can vote for this award here. The ceremony is on the 22nd November in Dublin. It will be televised in Ireland on the 24th November. I am humbled by being shortlisted with such inspiring writers. Thank you all for your support. From being an aspiring writer in search of a contract to being published to being nominated has taken twenty months. Thank you...

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Get Your Writing Noticed: Emotion – what keeps us involved!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in On Writing

. Making an emotional connection with readers is critically important. If you don’t, they can easily stop reading. We are all familiar with emotions. They are what makes us have a great day or a bad one. But how does a writer use them to connect with readers? One of the most basic emotions is desire. If your characters are motivated, if they have desire, if only for a glass of water, then readers will feel connected. And the more they want something, the more...

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Get Your Writing Noticed: How to grab your reader’s attention!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in On Writing

. A key aspect of writing for the 21st century, applicable to non fiction and fiction, is grabbing the reader’s attention. The number of distractions people have these days was covered in my last post. Here are some techniques for grabbing the reader up front: 1. Establish credibility. If you’re being published by a major publishing house this will help, but even if you’re not you can put your key credential up front. If you spent 20 years as a gardener...

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The Jerusalem Puzzle is Finished!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Mystery Novels, On Writing, The Jerusalem Puzzle

I delivered The Jerusalem Puzzle to Harper Collins in London last Monday, by email. I had finished it the previous Thursday. I spent most of last weekend doing one final edit. That was a hundred page a day edit. The kind of edit that drains something from you as you go on and on and on for endless hours each day. But I did it. And I’m glad I did it. There were logical errors, which you see better when reading through a novel fast. I fixed an issue in the middle about...

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