Holding My Hand Up!

The longer you live, the more wisdom you acquire. Right? Er…not necessarily. I have to hold my hand up; I made a huge mistake a little while ago. For the better part of the last year it’s been a torrid time, one way and another. When I sent out my last message I was on…

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Where were you born?

A simple question but, strangely, one to which I cannot give a straight answer. The reason is that I was born in India, in a city that is now in Pakistan, a different country. But memories of my childhood in a distant place at a historically interesting time have proved invaluable for providing the backdrop…

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AN UPDATE:

Hi! I’ve been out of touch for a while. Nothing sinister, it was only Life getting in the way, a succession of events that have kept me away from my keyboard. Now back in England permanently, we have much to get on with. I am delighted to tell you that I have a new publisher. We…

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How kISmet was conceived

My new novel kISmet has just been launched. At last! How long does it take to write a complete novel? By ‘complete’ I mean a manuscript of conventional length — between seventy and eighty-five thousand words. From conception of the plot through to the finished work, it can take years. In the case of kISmet,…

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You Love Reading? Help the Author!

If You Love Reading, Then Help The Author Last month one of my favourite people passed away. He was someone I could count on to give me real, honest feedback on my work. I used to ask him to be brutal in his assessments, if he felt it necessary. He was never brutal, just patient,…

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How to Put Free Ebooks on Your Amazon Kindle

Follow these easy instructions to put free ebooks on your Amazon Kindle Email The easiest way to put free ebooks on your Amazon Kindle is to do it via email. To get your Kindle’s email address, go to www.amazon.com/myk using your PC’s Web browser. Tap on “Your Devices,” then choose the relevant Kindle from the…

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Yes, you can write that novel.

Is there a book in you, waiting to be written? Have you ever thought that you ought to give it a try? Well, why not? That’s why the title of this blog is “Just Do It.” I was in my seventies when I wrote my first novel. Yes, really! And now my fourth is nearly…

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The Elixir Of Youth

Jimmy Belcher held the rodent up and looked him in the beady eye.  “Well, Homer, I reckon we’re going to make the cover of TIME magazine.”  The creature blinked. Is there, Jimmy pondered, a parallel universe in which rats use humans for experiments?  He’d actually become quite fond of the little creatures. Some of them,…

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“Arkwright's” In France

Tucked away down a side alley in a sleepy rural town nearby is a small hardware emporium of the old-fashioned kind.  Stock is displayed apparently randomly from floor to ceiling, with garden implements, tools, pots and pans and all manner of domestic paraphernalia jostling for space on the ancient wooden shelves.  If you are British…

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