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New Year thoughts

Now this is fun, something the pompous side of my nature can latch onto and enjoy - it's time for some New Year thoughts!

I'm never quite sure about making resolutions.  It seems to me that often the only point of doing so is to see how quickly they're broken.  So I don't think I'll be worrying too much about that this year.

However, I think I will adopt some - how best to put this - maybe hopeful ideals?!  That sounds rather less daunting than the strident idea of a resolution.

The first is to make the tvdetective... Read more

A myth debunked

Another fine question has descended upon me, and in essence it's this - do I think writers are born, and not made?

I used to be of the romantic school of thought, and believed that to be the case.  I thought some people were simply destined to be writers, were so full of creativity and talent that they had little choice elsewise.  But since I took up this scribbling lark, I've come to see it differently.

My view of the tvdetective books is that generally, they get better as they go along. I think with each I grow more confident... Read more

Ice and spirits

Being the keen observer of life that I am, both as a hack and a writer, I spotted almost instinctively that it's been cold of late.

Ok, that's rather an understatement.  It's been absolutely freezing, and how I know it - I've spent much of the last three days standing out in it.  I'm not a lover of the cold at the best of times, and my feet have been so chilled as to be largely missing.  Hot baths aplenty have been the order of the day.

The consequence of all this hectic broadcasting is that work on the new... Read more

My favourite friends

Another of those excellent questions in which readers of the tvdetective novels specialise has appeared in my inbox.

It's this - who is my favourite character in the series?

What a great question, so simple and direct, as the best tend to be, and as such, I'm afraid I'm going to have to be a politician here and fudge the answer in a very non simple and not at all direct manner.

I don't think I could say I have a favourite character, just that I'm very fond of them all. It'd be like asking a parent to admit which... Read more

An unpleasant blockage

My apologies for not being in touch for a while. My excuse - or reason - is twofold. 

Firstly, I've been away seeing my family for the pre-Xmas exchange of greetings and gifts.  And secondly, in truth, I've been in a bit of a sulk.

As some of you will know, or have guessed from the dedication in The Balance of Guilt, it's not been an easy year on the family front.  That's really come home as Christmas approaches, it being a time of reflection, and particularly one when we miss those who are no longer around. So that... Read more

More names

An excellent question has arrived in my inbox, as it were, and it comes from a self-confessed frustrated aspiring author.

It's this - how do I name my characters? I've said something on this before, but am happy to embark on another ramble, as ever.

For what a fine question it, and as with so many such, I hadn't really thought about it.  So, the enquiry has prompted a little searching of the curious maze of oddities which is my mind.

The answer is, a variety of ways.  Some names come to me instantly.  Without giving too much away,... Read more

The television TV Detective

Various people who have been kind enough to read the tvdetective books have told me they think the series would make good television.  And so, have there - I'm asked - been any such expressions of interest?

Well, it's funny you should mention that, because yes, there have.  A couple of companies have been in touch, asking about the rights to the books.  Now, I don't get too excited about this, because authors have become a tad cynical about such approaches. What's tended to happen in the past is that the TV companies buy up the rights for a fairly... Read more

Missing feet

Apologies for my absence awhile, but I've been out reporting on the snow and there's been plenty enough of it to keep me busy.

Like Dan in the tvdetective books, I don't suffer the cold well, and for the last three days my feet have been largely missing. Happily, with the aid of a very hot bath, they seem to be back - for now at least.

But it is so very cold! It feels to me even more bitter than those extraordinary two weeks at the start of January.  We did a broadcast on the north Devon coast... Read more