News that can’t be told…


It is fantastic when you’ve signed a contract for a book of whatever kind. I’m delighted, and looking forward to sharing the news and contents, but I can’t yet announce it due to necessary publishing constraints that I very much agree with.

It is associated with what’s one of my favourite genres, SF, but more news when the day comes… 🙂

Ideas, Imagination and Creativity

Lately, I’ve been thinking about ideas and how they link into imagination and, ultimately, into the process we call ‘creativity’. It was kicked off when I bumped into an acquaintance who claimed that they had no (or few) ideas compared to others.

It’s a common question for writers: ‘Where do your ideas come from?’  The answer is, almost always, ‘Everywhere and anything’. In fact, it’s difficult to stop having ideas and the real problem is being able to focus on one (or a few) to turn them into a coherent work.  There si just so much around us: all you have to do is look, touch, listen, taste… and wonder.

So what happens? Even if we struggle, we all read about where ‘ideas’ come from, how they arise, and how to feed them, but what are the processes around them? How can we have more ideas? How can we turn those ideas into something tangible?

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Different books, different approaches

I’ve started another book this year, this time YA, but still SF. One of the things that stuck in my mind from last years helping out with the Summer Reading Challenge is just how much some of the younger readers loved the books they read – and what it was they liked about them.

It would be great, I hoped, if I could inspire that joy through a book.

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The mind fizzes…

2017 started off with a bang. I haven’t blogged on this site for a month or two, mainly because I’ve been busy on my other blog focused on the game Beyond the Gates of Antares as well as writing loads of articles. It hasn’t helped, of course, that I was tidying up another book following first reader feedback, finishing Shards in Exile (published sometime this year, hopefully), writing some short stories and also putting together a proposal for another project – for which the signs are hopeful!

That’s three novels finished in 2016, plus loads of articles, plus completing my MA. It’s an encouraging achievement.

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Signing: Shards in Exile

I’m delighted to have signed the contract for a full-length science fiction novel for the Beyond the Gates of Antares universe. The current working title is ‘Shards in Exile’, though that may change depending on how the publishers (Winged Hussar) best see fit.

It features two characters from the episodic novelette I’ve already had published: Freeborn Prince Batu Delhren and the isolated Ghar Commander, Shaltok 12-41-9. Both have to deal with Ghar and Freeborn political intrigue as well as the everyday problems faced by those in the Determinate, on the borders of civilised space. More? Batu has an uncomfortable encounter with an insane NuHu and a militaristic drone civilisation whilst Shaltok finds the more he succeeds the more he is perceived as a threat by those close to the Ghar Supreme Commander.

Both find that they only way they can survive in the tempestuous politics of the Antares Determinate is through exile…

Publication date? Next year, some time. Cover? None, yet – that below is just a holding image. I’ll produce updates as it progresses.


Tired of writing? Certainly not!

I was asked recently how I felt about writing having just finished a novel. I was asked whether I had lost focus? Whether getting the novel out meant I wasn’t focused on writing as much? The immediate answer was a no: why would I? Then puzzlement set in…

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