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High Peak Bookstore & Cafe - Local Authors Event
High Peak Bookstore & Cafe - Local Authors Event
(Image: Courtesy of Heather Burns)

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10.02.2021 - Dark Shadows - a work in progress...

I started writing again back in September 2020, with what I thought would become my third novel (Dark Minds). But, well, 2020 was hardly an inspirational year, so that project ground to a halt.

However, I have now started a new manuscript, Dark Shadows. The story-line centres around Alana, an author who is being stalked by her "No. 1 Fan".


26.09.2020 - Release of Dark Dreams!

I am delighted to announce that Dark Dreams has now been released! See BOOKS or PURCHASE for more details.


09.09.2020 - Author interview...

I was recently interviewed by author, Matt Ferraz, for the blog-page of his new website. Matt gave a fantastic 5-star review for Downhill last year. Here's the link to the interview.

Matt has published several books, including short stories. I recently read his latest book, Sawara: A Jaguar's Memoir, and thoroughly enjoyed it. He's a master of first-person storytelling, making it easy to fall into the mind of the characters.

Details about Matt and his books are on his website.


06.09.2020 - Here I go again...the urge to write has taken over!

Novel 3 is now a work in progress...

This is a manuscript that I started back in July 2018, called Dark Minds. As has become my usual "writing-era", it's set in the 1980s (life was so much simpler back then!) and tells the story of Jess. After a really shitty upbringing, she decides to head for the bright lights of London, aged 18. En-route, she is offered a job too good to be true - so why not take the chance...? Surely she deserves to grab this opportunity to make a better life for herself?

And she's not the only one to be lured with this promise...


18.08.2020 - Dark Dreams is almost ready - should hopefully be available in early September 2020!


10.06.2020 - The end of coal is nigh...

I wonder if I should re-categorise Downhill as "Historical Fiction"!
Time for a cleaner, greener future.


The Star of the Cover!
The Star of the Cover!
NEWS - March 2020:
I had a great trip to Derbyshire in February, to promote Downhill.

As well as meeting lots of wonderful, friendly people at the different book-signings and workshop events, I used the opportunity to visit many of the locations connected to the novel.
The imagery for Downhill was taken at Pleasley Colliery, which is now a Heritage Museum site, so it was a particular pleasure to see the real "star" of the book cover.
I also visited the area on which the fictional town of "Castle Ridge" is based. Sadly, many of the places relating to Ged and Julie's "story" are now but a distant memory of the 1980s.

My grateful thanks to all those involved, and to EVERYONE for making me feel so welcome!


NEWS - Feb 2020
I'm delighted (and honoured!) to be working once again with my good friend and award-winning photographic artist, Heather Burns, of Heather Burns Photography:

Heather designed the cover for my first novel, Downhill. Her creative genius will grace the cover of my next novel, Dark Dreams. I can't wait to see her design ideas!

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I'm excited to announce that I will be visiting my native Derbyshire for a few days in February 2020, to promote Downhill.

Friday 14th February
Eckington Library Readers Group - 15:00-16:00

Sunday 16th February:
High Peak Bookstore & Cafe, Ashbourne Road, Buxton, SK17 9PY - from 14:00 onwards

LOCAL AUTHORS EVENT - This excellent event will feature a wealth of local Derbyshire authors, giving guidance and answering questions regarding the writing and publishing process. Featured authors will include Sophie Draper and Roz Watkins among others, as well as myself and my good friend, the enigmatic J.B. Bass, author of the debut novel, 89, Manning Place (a Victorian Detective novel).

The Cafe is reputed to have excellent cakes and coffee! We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday 17th February:
Alfreton Library - 13:00-14:00
In conjunction with LoveLit, a part of the 'writing ambitions' workshop programme presented by Arts Derbyshire, I will be presenting a FREE creative writing mini-workshop. The event is ticket-only, and there are just a few places left.

Book a ticket:

This will be followed by a book-signing at Alfreton Library, from 14:00-15:45.

I still have some time available on Tuesday 18th February to present either a book-reading/signing, or give a mini-workshop for creative writing.
Either use the CONTACT link, or send me a message via FB to arrange this.

Looking forward to my visit!