You'll often hear writers talking about how much work goes into a book.
But you may not so often hear them talking about the amazing, repeating rewards.
Ok, so it does usually take a minimum of two years to get a novel published. And it can sometimes feel a never ending journey.
But then comes the giddy-skippy-heady-happy joy of publication day (can you tell how much I enjoyed it?!)
And after that, you have many more delights...
Like here, the official launch of Justice Mirror - many thanks to everyone who came along for... Read more
You hear plenty in the press about social media and how trolls use it to be unpleasant.
What you don't hear so much of is how the vast majority of people use it to be kind, warming and uplifting.
I'll do my bit here to redress the balance a little, by saying how touched I was by everyone who got in touch to congratulate me on the publication of Justice Mirror this week.
Every single message brought a big smile and a delightful buzz.
All the months of work, the planning, writing and editing were made real, and I felt... Read more
So this is how it goes -
You have the idea.
You play with the idea. Day in, day out, for a few weeks. Test it, get a feel for it, get to know it. To see if it's the idea.
Then, if it is, you plan. For months. Six or so in my case, usually. The twists and turns, the characters, the subplot, the settings.
Then you write. In a frenzy of release. About a hundred thousand words, more or less, give or take. In eight to ten weeks on average, for me.
Then you re-write. And re-re-write. And... Read more
One of the great strengths of this new fangled online internet thing is how it can bring a writer closer to their readers.
I love getting emails about my books, events and teaching. No matter what the content, they always tell me something.
And one of the things they tell me loud and clear is that some of my readers are a little on the odd side.
There's the lady who regularly berates me for how badly Dan can look after his poor dog, Rutherford. Going out at all hours and not giving him the attention he deserves.
Then there's... Read more
I've always loved libraries, but this week I found even more reasons to treasure them.
I was asked to open the new library in Bodmin, Cornwall, which I very happily did -
And two things happened which made the day extra special -
A couple I recognised made a point of grabbing me for a chat. They'd made a special effort to be at the opening, and I quickly found out why.
They'd come along to an event I did about a year and a half ago when I'd spoken to their daughter, Alex.
She wanted... Read more