chick lit, creativity, ideas, writing

Stuck in the Middle

In the introduction to last weeks podcast I spoke about how I became stuck whilst writing the second draft of my latest WIP, which has the working title of The Comfort Zone (I already know that will not be the final title). I didn’t have writers block I just knew that I had reached a point in the story where I was writing all of my characters into a corner.  I had two choices. I could either throw the entire project into the trash can or go back to the plan.  I went to the plan. I’m one of the those people who can think more clearly when they actually have a pen and a paper in front of them. I spent two days going through my original chapter plan/outline and I changed things around, got rid of characters and changed the main characters arc.

I think that this graph by Maureen F.McHugh perfectly encapsulates how torrid the writing process can be.


In a week I’ve written 13,523 words and if you ask me, that’s a lot when a week ago you were literally standing at a junction wondering where on earth you were going to go next.

Project statistics courtesy of Scrivener
creativity, kindle, Sci-fi, writing

Justin Adams: Episode 3 – Spectrum Books podcast.

It’s Monday so that means there’s a new episode of the Spectrum Books podcast available.

Today, I’m talking to artist Justin Adams who specialises in sci-fi book covers.

You can check out Justin’s work at 

And here a couple of his covers.

Send me an email ( if you would like to be a guest on podcast or if you just have a question or something to say about the podcasts.

Here’s the podcast link:

anthology, speculative fiction


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.