Inspired by Secrets

Inspired by Secrets

Inspiration is a fickle creature. It can be abrupt and blatant, experienced through intense life events and relationships, or it can lie buried deep, lurking in the shadows of the past and emerging at unexpected moments. One of the inspirations for my novel, The...
Fuelled by Coffee

Fuelled by Coffee

From my study, which is located one floor above my kitchen, I can hear the faint click of the coffee machine as it advances through its reheat cycle. It reminds me that, amongst other things, my brain is fuelled by coffee. The amount of coffee I drink depends on the...
Age is a Number

Age is a Number

Nearly four weeks have passed since the launch of my book. I’ve visited over fifty bookstores, participated in writers’ panels and author events, chatted on live radio shows and podcasts, and enjoyed numerous conversations with writers and readers. I’ve been on a...
Unboxed At Last

Unboxed At Last

I’ve spent the past ten years learning how to write fiction, which involved attending courses, writing numerous drafts, deleting chapters, writing more drafts, editing the plot and characters, finding professionals in the industry who believed in me and my story … and...
Snapshots of Antonia

Snapshots of Antonia

I’ve discovered that the image of the striking woman pictured on the front cover of my book was created by fine-art photographer Dmytro Baev from Odesa, Ukraine. The woman is a real person, not an AI creation. Like Dmytro Baev, I am strongly inspired by art and...
Sound On

Sound On

I recently listened to actors reading excerpts from my book, The Engraver’s Secret, and was asked to select my favourite voices with a view to using them for the audiobook. I was asked to describe what I liked and didn’t like about their voices; and if I thought their...

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