• Personal,  Writing

    A Novel Journey

    So, I wrote a novel. In fact, I wrote two. But those novels were based on a fanfiction story that I had never intended to publish. Imagine my surprise when I was told by my publisher that I’d written a romance novel. It’s a strange feeling to be told that you accidentally wrote a romance novel. And now…I have the bug. Well, sort of. I like to write, I would rather write than read. Which is a strange thing for an author to say. In fact, I hardly ever read…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Breakfast Entertainment, Manuel-style

    I love performing arts, especially comedy. However, this weekend I found myself a little too close to the “stage” for my liking. It seems that Manuel from Fawlty Towers is alive and well and working in a hotel restaurant in Cheshire. A last minute trip “up north” to bludgeon an incompetent to death meant I had to book us into the only hotel available in the area. The large ex-country house had been quite nicely restored, some modern touches here and there but still largely old-school. The hotel was quite…

  • Personal,  Writing

    The things you get asked when you’re a writer

    Since announcing my first book is being published I have had a lot of interesting conversations with people. I’ve also had a lot of strange conversations with people. For some reason, when you say you are writing a book you seem to get a barrage of odd questions that I’m sure people would never dream of asking anyone else. I thought I’d share a few of my favourites here. 1) I’ve written a book too, how do I go about getting it published? This is probably the most common question…