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Bank Holiday Shenanigans and Podcasts

The bank holiday weekend is over and in London the weather is absolutely terrible. Today, it’s pouring down with rain and it’s downright miserable but taking that to one side, my weekend was actually excellent.  On Saturday we had a gorgeous weather so I had a bbq, on Sunday I went to MCM Comic Con and yesterday I went to Wembley Stadium to watch AFC Wimbledon vs Plymouth Argyle League 1 play-off final.  Comic-Con was great fun, there were Deadpools everywhere, I nearly got knocked off by Boba Fett, I fell in love with the Delorean, came face to face with a life-size Alien and despite my protestations that I wasn’t going to buy anything I did.

As yesterday was Bank Holiday Monday, Spectrum Books released Episode 10 of their podcast. Episode 10 of the Spectrum Books Podcast features an interview with fiction writer, Rebecca Strong whose first book ‘Who is Mr.Plutin?’ was published last year. As usual, you can listen to her interview on iTunes and on the web-player.

In my podcast intro I mentioned that I had a giant canvas print of the Silver Surfer on my hallway wall. So as promised here is a photo of my hallway:



Here are my photos from Comic-Con.


Wembley Stadium.


And finally…I was interviewed by J.David Core on the Thrills and Mystery Podcast. We spoke about my writing projects, who I got to advice when writing crime fiction and I got a taste of my own medicine by answering some of the spectrum questions.

You can listen to my interview on iTunes, Youtube and download the MP3.





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Episode 9 is here…

Good afternoon to all you wonderful people. I hope that you had fantastic weekends.  With the exception of Crystal Palace losing the FA Cup (the less said about that the better – stupid referee), my weekend was great as I spent most of it catching up with and hanging out with friends and I bought another comic, actually it was definitely more than one. I can’t help it. I have a problem, but my argument is that it’s a classic. Do you have any idea how good this comic is?



As it is indeed Monday, that can only mean one thing. Yes we have another instalment of the Spectrum Books Podcast. Today I’m talking to author David Neth about being an indie writer and his publishing journey so far.


If you’re a subscriber to iTunes then you can download and listen to the podcast here. (Don’t forget to leave a review).

If you don’t have access to iTunes then you can listen on the web player.

Enjoy and I will see you next week.


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Episode 7: Anma Natsu

Good morning to you all. I can barely see at the moment and I sound like a dalek with a cold because of bloody hayfever but that will not stop me.  It’s Monday which means a brand new episode of the Spectrum Books Podcast.  Today I’m talking to YA fantasy and romance writer Anma Natsu.


We talk about her experience as an indie writer, the pressure to release a book series and the book she wished that she had written.  You can listen to the podcast on iTunes and on the web player  if you don’t have iTunes.

If you head over to the you can also read my ‘Spectrum Books talks to…’ interview with Emily Martha Sorenson.

About the Author


And finally, yesterday I was interviewed on the Thrills and Mystery Podcast. The podcast will be released on the 23 May 2016 and I will post a link when it’s up.

Right I’m going back to writing through streaming eyes with my box of kleenex on standby. Stupid allergies. Have a gorgeous day.


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Episode 6: Michael Patrick Hicks

Are you ready for episode 6 of the Spectrum Books Podcast?  In this episode I’m talking to Michael Patrick Hicks. I loved this interview. In case you didn’t know, I’m someone who likes to talk and I had so much fun talking to the uber talented Michael Patrick Hicks about his indie writing journey, DC stealing his title, Batman and his rather moving account of what Stephen King’s IT means to him.

Click here to listen to the Spectrum Books Podcast Episode 6: Michael Patrick Hicks 

Michael Patrick Hick’s latest release is the short story Let Go and it’s available to buy now from Amazon.


  • Contact me if you would like to be a guest on the spectrum books podcast or blog.


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Lucas Bale: Episode 4 – Spectrum Books Podcast

Good Morning. It’s Monday which means a brand new episode of the Spectrum Books Podcast.FiverrPodcastthorajax001


Today I’m interviewing, award-winning speculative fiction author, Lucas Bale about his self-publishing journey.   Head over to Itunes  and listen to the podcast.

His ‘Beyond the Wall’ Series which includes, The Heretic, Defiance and A Night of Shroud and Tears, is available to buy now.



Head over to to find out more about Lucas Bale.

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Renata is released!

Hello.  Yes, I have been away for a while but I am here. It’s been a busy couple of months and I’m sorry for neglecting you.  There will be a longer blog post later in the week but in the meantime here is a very short post about Renata.




Renata is a short story that originally appeared in the anthology ‘No Way Home’ but it has now been released as a stand-alone story which is available to buy now from Amazon Kindle, Kobo and iBooks for the head-spinning price of 99p. Renata is a time-travel adventure about an assassin who is sent to the past to kill his target but all is not what it seems.

Renata is the beginning of a novella, Project Kairos, which will be released in 2016. So until then, enjoy Renata and if you take a look below…yes, we have a cover reveal.

See you soon.


Project Kairos AMAZON LARGE


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Last summer, I received an email from Lucas Bale.  Lucas Bale is the author of ‘The Heretic’ and ‘Defiance’ (check out Spectrum Books for reviews/interview).  So what did Mr.Bale want?  Well, he made me an offer.  “Would I like to contribute to a speculative fiction anthology?”  It was an offer that I couldn’t refuse and I replied straight away with an emphatic“YES”.

Now the anthology is almost here.  ‘No Way Home’ is an amazing collection of stories from eight brilliant and exciting new voices in speculative fiction.

S.Elliot Brandis, Lucas Bale, J.S.Collyer, S.W. Fairbrother, Michael Patrick Hicks, Harry Manners and Alex Roddie are the fantastic writers that have contributed to the anthology. I recommend that you check out their websites and buy their books.  You will not be disappointed.

‘No Way Home’ will be published on 2 March 2015 and to whet your appetite here is the grand unveiling of the stunning cover and the blurb.

No Way Home
Nothing terrifies us more than being stranded. Helpless, forsaken, cut-off. Locked in a place from which there is no escape, no way to get home. A soldier trapped in an endless war dies over and over, only to be awakened each time to fight again – one of the last remaining few seeking to save mankind from extinction. In rural 70s England, an RAF radio engineer returns to an abandoned military installation, but begins to suffer hallucinations, shifts in time and memories that are not his own. A widower, one of ten thousand civilian space explorers, is sent alone to determine his assigned planet’s suitability for human colonisation, but stumbles across a woman who is part of the same programme and shouldn’t be there at all. A depressed woman in a poverty-stricken near-future America, where political apathy has allowed special interests to gain control of the country, takes part in a particularly unpleasant crowd-funding platform, established by the nation’s moneyed elite to engage the masses. An assassin from the future, sent back in time to murder a woman, is left stranded when he fails in his mission and knows he will soon cease to exist. These sometimes dark, sometimes heart-warming, but always insightful stories and more are to be found in No Way Home, where eight of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction explore the mental, physical and even meta-physical boundaries that imprison us when we are lost.