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The Methuselah Paradox


Twenty-third century Detective James Moran’s daughter is dying. A cancer pandemic targeting adolescents is sweeping the globe, thanks to a mutation in the ‘Methuselah gene’ which has successfully extended life for most of the population. If a cure cannot be found, humanity could face extinction within one generation. Moran travels back in time in a […]

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How Many Genres do You Write in?


…. and should you write in more than one under the same name? I don’t know if there is a correct answer to that question – I think it’s pretty much down to personal preference, really.  Certainly JK Rowling writes in different genres, and uses different names for each. Although, since (I believe) most people […]

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…and so it begins!


Beware the unintended consequences of a robot revolution       It’s always a thrilling and slightly scary moment when an author with a work in progress sees something online which has relevance to what they are working on. Thrilling, because it tells me that my content is current, and scary because, well, what if […]

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How long should we live?


With our National Health Service beginning to creak under the weight of increasing numbers of senior members of society as people live longer, Pearl S Buck’s words have never been truer: Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a […]

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Getting There…Slowly!


Almost a year ago, in February 2015, I began work on the promotional trailer for my science-fiction novel, ‘The Methuselah Paradox’.

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TRUE GRIT – OR, WHY WRITERS ARE A MINE OF USELESS INFORMATION…


I have become, if not exactly an expert, at least more familiar with the ins and outs of gritting lorries than I ever wanted or expected to be. Why, you might well ask… well, even if you didn’t, I’m going to tell you. This afternoon I’ve been searching, online, for images of gritting lorries, or […]

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“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly” – would you like to help me imagine a book trailer?


Help Indie Author EJ Jackson to create a trailer for her novel ‘The Methuselah Paradox’

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Why we should never give up on our dreams… why crowdfunding works


If someone had told my fifteen-year-old self that I would one day create an appreciation society for a favourite science-fiction show (a club which is still going strong thirty-four years later) or that I would be invited to visit the set, go to sci-fi conventions and meet authors, directors and actors, write a novel, and have the opportunity […]

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‘What if…?’ From death comes life (and a story)


I’ve been writing ‘The Methuselah Gene’ (previous working titles have included ‘All Our Yesterdays’, ‘All Our Tomorrows’ and -very briefly- ‘Time Will Tell’). It evolved from a mind-bending time-spanning love story to a much darker tale of death, kidnap and genetic research I could hardly have imagined when I wrote the very first line back in 2011.