Author of The Knights' Protocol trilogy


Dark fantasy writer

The Knights' Protocol trilogy is on Kindle and Amazon

Each book in the trilogy is available for just 99c/99p


November 27, 2019

Which type of writer are you? The 'Planner' who outlines your story in detail before writing a single word? Or the 'Pantser' who may have a vague idea of what will happen but launches into the story on a voyage of discovery? There's no right or wrong to these methods,...

September 23, 2019

The gestation of my latest Work-in-Progress has been almost as long as an elephant's. (22 months if you're interested). Last night I finally completed its first draft and birthing the damn thing has been a painfully frustrating experience. But I'm a bloke, what would I...

August 24, 2019

I set up the British and Irish Writing Community at the beginning of 2019 so that we could offer support and encouragement to one another. The reaction has been incredible and full of energy - the development of the Bard of the Isles online magazine is an example.


March 31, 2019

I've spent the last few weeks reviewing my Work In Progress. It was time to pick up the red pen and pinpoint elements that it's so easy to overlook, those factors that can evade you but which come back to bite you viciously later on.

I decided to make a list of these o...

March 25, 2019

Is the act of writing hard-wired into our brains at birth? Or is it something we acquire throughout our lives? 

If you read the bio of most writers you find they talk about the 'need' to write. Something that is more than just an urge, it is nearer to being a compulsion...

March 16, 2019

I don't believe in astrology - but I do believe in its use in creating characters for your stories. I once used this idea as an English & Drama teacher, to give students a way in to defining a character and it always worked well. As a writer I now use the idea myself....

January 26, 2019

You know you’re in an urban fantasy novel when:

  • The night has eyes (and they’re oval shaped and red)

  • There’s a doorway to another world and it’s covered in ivy

  • The stranger refers to cars as metal boxes with wheels

  • Drains and gutters offer lots of rea...

January 16, 2019

Is stress bothering you? Is it getting you down? When you hear these words, it's usually followed by someone telling you to take some form of medication, or to relax - because that would never have occurred to you!

But what if that stress is actually a good

So what's ha...

January 12, 2019

OK. I admit it. I'm a "Pantser". 

Rather than plan what happens in my stories, I let them evolve. Like the way dinosaurs turned into birds I suppose.

It's writing-by-the-seat-of-your-pants. I think that's why it's exciting. You never know where events are going to take y...

January 2, 2019

If you’re screaming “Yes, it is!” at my question, then you’re on my wavelength. I’ve felt crippled by it recently. I’ve read a string of outstanding novels lately and each one has made me realise what a lousy writer I am.

To be anecdotal for a moment, I reviewed Steven...

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