Pigs, trolls and other stories

Okay, so I was hoping to bring out my third book in THE TROLL series of novellas on a slow news day. Just goes to show you can’t plan these things… In a way, though, it’s apt, with the whole of twitter trolling our very own Prime Minister. It’s certainly bringing out some inventive puns.…

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Protecting us from the threats of poetry

Today I read the prime minister’s ‘vision for a smarter state’ and, as I glanced across the page, I misread a line about how he intended to protect us from ‘terrorism, poetry and climate change’. It actually said poverty, which is a laugh. I’m pretty sure the way I read it was more accurate. You…

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Words and how to use them, number 1: Internet Troll

In a bizarre moment of synchronicity, I was reminded today of one of the factors that influenced me when I was writing my latest book series THE TROLL. It was all to do with a recent post someone made on facebook, in which they referred to not feeding trolls. And it was interesting, because I…

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More than the sky

To my youngest sister and my newest sister A soppy little note on the occasion of your marriage <3 A wedding day flies by so quickly. And that’s fine. Because with luck, love and determination, a marriage lasts for life. May all of your problems look tiny compared to your love for each other. And…

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Neil Gaiman on writing, publishing and ideas

The latest video on my YouTube channel is of Neil Gaiman answering questions from various interviews. I’ve pulled together the ones I liked the best. He’s wise and very funny, as one might expect. I hope you enjoy.

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The Troll book 1: The boy with the sliver of ice in his heart

My new book, the first in THE TROLL series, is out in just four days time, and available for pre-order now here  http://mybook.to/TheTroll_Sliverofice You can find out more about the book and hear some extracts in this video. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Independence Day

Back in May, I wrote a little here about my first foray into Independent Publishing, or what would have been called self-publishing until recent years. I’ve set up my own imprint, which I’ve called  Blue Morpho Press (in honour of the wonderful butterfly MORPH who is a feature of The Killing Jar, my first novel) but I…

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Advice from Stephen King

Over the last few months, I’ve been building a channel on YouTube and adding videos. I am quite a visual person, I think, and find this an engaging way to share thoughts and be social online. It’s still early days; I have just over 40 subscribers. I’ve been slowed down by a heavy marking schedule…

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So I turned my blog post into a video. Advice for writers, the trance remix

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