On the train during my Harrogate residency
Amtrak have taken inspiration from the idea Sam Eades and I hatched for writers’ residencies on trains!
As a past Writer in Residence on East Coast Rail, I did a piece yesterday for the BBC World Service on the whole business.
Have a listen.
There’s also a really interesting piece by Alison Flood about it on the Guardian Books Blog.
My three 1980 notebooks
I am a great fan of notebooks. I have always kept what I call an Everything Book: just one journal that I carry everywhere with me in which I put everything: notes taken at meetings; ideas for stories; word or line sketches of things that take my fancy; eavesdroppings; doodles (rather . . . → Read More
Have a peaceful and restful time. Or, if you’re like me, spend the entire holiday period cooking, clearing up and failing to delegate. It’s all fun, . . . → Read More
This week I’m based in Harrogate and journeying between Ripon and Leeds on the glamorous, leather-seated number 36 bus, stopping off at the many wonderful places in between and talking to the people who live and work there and who ride and drive the bus, which runs every fifteen minutes along the route. I’m finding it . . . → Read More
(This post expands on a NaNoWriMo pep talk I wrote a couple of years back).
Are you at the end of the first week of NaNoWriMo 2013? If so, congratulations!
If you are (and even if you’re not), it’s likely that you will be very familiar with this scary thought:
When you start to create something, . . . → Read More
So when Agent Simon sent my manuscript out into the world of publishing, he told me that I had written a piece of Crime Fiction.
Crime Fiction? I said, mildly appalled.
Not having had any dealings with publishing before, I thought to be classified as a writer of genre fiction was somewhat demeaning. This is an example . . . → Read More
What a first reader looks like
When the first proof copies of Cuckoo were distributed, I likened the feeling to taking my knickers off in public.**
But I have found something in this writing process far more challenging even than that, and two weeks ago, on holiday on France, I had to go through it . . . → Read More
Oh dear, this writer’s blog has been a bit of a builder’s house for the past couple of months.
Well, it isn’t because I have been idle. Quite the reverse. I’ve been busy finishing my fourth novel, the first of my new two-book deal with Headline and life, blog and all but essential functions have been . . . → Read More
I am completely delighted to let you know that Tarnished is book of the month at You’re Booked – the online community for crime readers and writers over at the Harrogate International Festivals Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival site.
Not only that, but they are running a competition to win . . . → Read More