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 peopleContinue reading “How Many Genres do You Write in?”

Lessons Learned: My Journey as an Indie Author


In the Beginning… In August, 2014, I published my first science-fiction book on Amazon, ‘The Journey & Other Short Stories‘. As the title suggests, it is a collection of short stories, and the act of publication was a very exciting moment for me. It represented decades of wanting to be a published author but notContinue reading “Lessons Learned: My Journey as an Indie Author”

Lost for Words? The Passion to Write (and Publish) is Important!


Originally posted on The Regina Monologue:
Feeling a bit hopeless right now. I haven’t posted about all the recent politics because I can’t think how to articulate my incredulity in any way that hasn’t been written a thousand times already. Brexit was bad enough… Trump is just unbelievable. Carl and I sat up watching the…

So You Want to be a Writer?


I’m re-blogging this invigorating and inspirational post by Hugh Howey – which was drawn to my attention by Ricardo over at Reedsy – simply because it IS so invigorating and inspiring. It looks as if comments are closed on the original post, but feel free to comment and discuss here…   So You Want toContinue reading “So You Want to be a Writer?”

How I created a book trailer


above: artwork for ‘The Methuselah Paradox’ trailer by Catherine Archer-Wills by EJ Jackson The Beginning First of all, I should make it clear that I’m not claiming that this is the only way to create a book trailer, or that you as an indie author should follow my method. Mainly because, when I began the process,Continue reading “How I created a book trailer”

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 aContinue reading “How long should we live?”

INSPIRATION – MINE YOUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES


Today I was sorting the recycling ready for the bin men to collect tomorrow. As I tore apart and flattened a box which had contained tea bags (Yorkshire Gold, if anyone is interested) I was suddenly reminded of the smell of the tea caddy my mother used to keep ‘on the flap’ (an enamel-topped shelfContinue reading “INSPIRATION – MINE YOUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES”

I NEED A TIME MACHINE! (Or, “Not enough hours in the day!” – an Indie Author’s lament)


As a fan of science-fiction, I’ve often thought how useful a time machine would be for a writer. Just think: you could hop into your TARDIS (surely the most recognisable time machine since HG Wells’ comfy armchair) write five thousand words whilst hovering in no-time (a.k.a. ‘the void’ or the ‘time vortex’) and be backContinue reading “I NEED A TIME MACHINE! (Or, “Not enough hours in the day!” – an Indie Author’s lament)”

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, orContinue reading “TRUE GRIT – OR, WHY WRITERS ARE A MINE OF USELESS INFORMATION…”