Want to read the first two chapters of The Last Scarecrow? Of course you do. As you may have read in other posts or on my social media, I’ve been writing / editing a number of books over the last six months. One of those is The Last Scarecrow: a post-apocalyptic, middle-grade, fantasy adventure novel. […]

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For the first time ever, I’m looking forward to the new year. 2017 is going to be amazing. I’m sure of it. I have it all planned out. Here is a list of my writing goals and other stuff for 2017. I normally try to avoid new years celebrations and the resolutions / promises that […]

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Stephen King wrote, “If you haven’t got time to read, you haven’t got time to write.” In 2016 I read 50 books and wrote 2 myself. I hope to read 100 next year and write 2 more. This is A Year in Books! As a child I hated reading. Couldn’t see the point. I’d rather […]

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On November 1st 2016, I will begin the 30 day challenge that is NaNoWriMo : National Novel Writing Month. Having previous written a novella in around a month (‘The Last Scarecrow‘ which i am currently editing), I thought it would be fun to join thousands of other writers undertaking NaNoWriMo. You can find out more […]

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The first series of books that really sparked my imagination was Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Terry’s mix of comedy, incredible plot lines and social commentary, set against the backdrop of a rich fantasy universe, is an phenomenal work genius. I was introduced the Terry’s books by a school friend in the early ’90s. Having just woken […]

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Interest to know more about the characters in The Madison Chronicles and how I created them? I’m currently writing and editing book two of The Madison Chronicles while book one— Sadie Madison and the Boy In The Crimson Scarf— is going out to agents. While that’s going on, here’s a blog about some of the […]

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Write a book in 30 days, Neil. Huh? OK, then… and The Last Scarecrow was born. Writing a book in a month is not for the faint hearted, but this was the task I gave myself at the end of July. It’s gone fairly well. ‘The Last Scarecrow‘ is 55,000 words in total so it’s […]

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Want to know what I listen to when I’m writing The Madison Chronicles? I’m currently writing and editing book two of The Madison Chronicles while book one— Sadie Madison and the Boy In The Crimson Scarf— is going out to agents. In the meantime, here’s a blog about the music I listen when I’m writing […]

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A second, brand NEW short story extract from The Madison Chronicles: The Woman Who Labelled Everything… The Woman Who Labelled Everything is the tale of Estelle Gautreau, an obsessive, compulsive hoarder and her enormous personal collection. Estelle has everything she desires in the world: expensive furniture, silverware, paintings, jewellery; riches and extravanganses beyond measure. But, […]

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